• The Edison Elementary School Community has a Goal!  We read a book - The Water Princess, by Susan Verde, and we want to help!!  
    The story, The Water Princess,  follows a young character as she arises each morning to walk miles to fetch water in the hot, dry African landscape.  She is strong and capable, yet frustrated that the water which is needed to live is so far away.  She promises her mother, when she grows up she is going to make the water closer and cleaner.  The character in the story created by Susan Verde, is the real life Georgie Badiel.  As a young child she would walk for water with her grandmother in the country of Burkina Faso, in Africa.  She grew up to become a famous international model, traveling all over the world, yet never forgetting her promise to her mother to bring the water closer. Georgie has created a foundation in her name that supports the people of Burkina Faso with education programs, planting and reforestation projects, and providing clean water.  She has just recieved an award from her country as an ambasador of peace and hope for her charity work in bringing clean fresh water to the people of Burka Faso.

    • The Edsion School Community has begun a quest to raise $10,000 to dig a new well in the country of Burkina Faso, Africa.  We currently have many activities planned to accomplish our goal:

      *  All students and staff are encouraged to bring in change each day for donations to the well fund.  Pennies on Mondays, Nickels on Tuesdays, Dimes on Wednesdays, Quarters on Thursdays, and Dollars on Fridays.  All kindergarten teachers - Mrs. Geartz, Mrs. Crawford, Mrs. Brodfuehrer, Mrs. Kaczmarowski, and Miss DiStefano are turning in the most pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars of any grade!!   Way to go kindergarten students.  One kindergarten student handed in a $200.00 check from his family - including his grandparents!  Way to go George!! 
      Mrs. Hirsh's class is in first place in grade 1 with a total of $79.30, Mrs. Pernick in grade 1 is in second place with a total of $91.25, with the collected change!! 
      In second grade Miss Eichenger leads the way with $124.44 in collected change, while Miss Fineis is right behind with $72.20, Mrs. Porter-Kech with 60.25, and Mrs. Klee with $52.63.  Great job grade 2!!! 
      In grade 3, Carson collected $100.09 in change for his classroom total.  Thank you Carson!!  Mrs. Hanny's class and Mrs. Hannigan's class are neck and neck with $120.10, and $122.84 respectively.  Thank you grade 3!!   Thank you to all the change collectors!! 

      *  Each grade level has been charged with a goal of $2,000

      *  Kindergarten is organizing a concert & raffle benifit, featuring student's creations - in June, with proceeds got to the well fund.

      *  Grade 1 is organizing a bottle collection at local bottle return stations in the neighborhood. Grade 1 has designated the bottle and can collection site at 2790 Sheridan Drive.  If you have bottles and cans to return, please consider taking them to the Sheridan Drive Center and asking to donate your refunds to the Edison African Well Fund.  Thank you for you support!

      *  Grade 2 is having a musical evening featuring the grade 2 students and Dr. Seuss in honor of his March birthday.  The evening is schedule for March 7th.  Donations will be collected.  Donations collected that evening for both shows totaled $430.58!  Way to go grade 2 parents!!

      *  Grade 3 is organizing a brick drive that will pave parts of the Edison garden (flyers and information will be coming home soon), and having a musical evening - April 9th, in conjunction with a whole school multicultural evening in the gym.  Mr. Hall and Mr. Grohman's classes will present We Are One at 6:30pm, and Mrs. Hannigan, Mrs. Hammy and Mrs. Klipfel's classes will present We Are One at 7:30pm), while the Multicultural Night will take place in the gym.  Sounds like a wonderful evenig at Edison!!  Grade 3 and 4 students created homemade valentines, and sold them to the students and staff for $.25 each.  The total collected was $125.00!  Thank you grades 3 and 4!!

      *  Grade 4 is looking for corporate donations and holding class functions for donations. Mrs. Hartzell took the month of February and held numerous class activities that cost a dollar to participate, and her class collected $112.60.  The students had fun and understood how to donate to a charity. Thank you Mrs. Hartzell's class.  The grade 4 musical -The Princess and the Pea, also gave us an opportunity to collect donations during the evening production on Friday, March 22nd.  The total collected was $64.25!!  Thank you grade 4 parents!!

      Mrs. Yiengst, our talented art teacher, held a painting night for students in grades 3 & 4!  The proceeds from the evening paint fest that created beautiful pink flamingoes, was $729.50!!! 

      * Speech teachers, Mrs. Sternin and Mrs. Wickham held a "Spring for a Drop" fundraiser.  Students and staff bought paper drops of water for $.25 each, then placed them in the front hallway to show support for the Edsion African Well Fund. They raised $600.00.  Thank you all who supported this project!!

      *  Other plans include a mystery teacher asking for donations to take part in the shaving of his head!

      Plans are in the works for a walk-a-thon around the school building.  This would be an after school event in nice weather to raise funds for the well. More nfromation coming soon!!

      *  Challenges will be going out to classrooms, grade levels, teachers, students and even BOE members!

  • If you are reading this information, please consider donating to this very worthy cause.  Checks can be made out to the Edison African Well fund and brought to Edison Elementary School, 236 Grayton Road Town of Tonawanda, New York 14150
    Thank you for your generous donations!!

Last Modified on April 3, 2019