When Boardman teacher Christine Terlesky was diagnosed with ALS and needed funds to get into a clinical trial program, the whole district went to work. All building PTAs planned fundraisers to help and at Market Street Elementary, it required many rolls of duct tape.
In a fundraiser called ''Stick up Mr. Stitt,'' the PTA began selling strips of duct tape for a dollar. The pieces would be used to duct tape Principal Jim Stitt to the door pillar of the all-purpose room. Of the 420 students, over $600 was raised. Some kids bought multiple pieces of tape.
''A lot bought more than one strip,'' said PTA President Heather Oyler. ''Well over half the students participated.''
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Putting some finishing touches on Market Street Principal Jim Stitt's situation on Friday are kindergarten students Marvel Gregory and Jasmine Montero. They helped duct tape Principal Jim Stitt to a pole in the schoolás all-purpose room as a fundraiser for Boardman teacher Christine Terlesky, who was diagnosed with ALS and needs funds to get into a clinical trial that could help her live longer.
At lunch on Friday, the students headed to the cafeteria for lunch and took part in the taping. The students roared as Stitt was covered in duct tape. At the end of the first lunch, Stitt had the tape removed and the whole program began again with the second lunch period.
''We decided to make our fundraiser fun for the kids and get as much participation as possible,'' said PTA Vice President Tiffany Mraz.
She said the money has been counted and a check will be presented from Market Street Elementary. She wasn't sure if the combined PTAs would hold a special check presentation, or if it would be done at this coming Sunday's spaghetti fundraiser at Boardman High School's cafeteria at 6 p.m. Either way, the kids at Market will know they have helped Christine.