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Kids help raise funds for school

Castaic Education Foundation says it will match the money raised by students

Posted: May 11, 2009 10:40 p.m.
Updated: May 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The Castaic Education Foundation is giving more than 1,000 Castaic Middle School students a chance to fold origami cranes, play Bunco and solve logic problems all with the hope of raising money for the school.

"The kids get a choice to sign up for what they want to do," said Marcela Kocen, second chair of the foundation. "Then they need to get sponsors for those things they want to accomplish."

Known as a "pick-a-thon," the fundraiser turns the activities over to the sixth- through eighth-graders at the Castaic school.

The Castaic Education Foundation will match as much as it can to the money students raise, Kocen said.

While the foundation hopes to raise as much as possible, if each child raised $10, a total of $11,500 would be raised for Castaic Middle School, she said.

"That makes a big difference," she said.

The money would allow the school to purchase new technology such as an LCD projector or a Smart Board, an interactive white board used in classrooms, Kocen said.

Another option involves adding the school-wide program, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a college-prep program for middle school and junior high students, she said.

While this is the first "pick-a-thon" for the foundation, previous fundraisers have raised upwards of $10,000 for computer labs at Live Oak and Castaic elementary schools, she said.

The foundation raises money for technology, supplies and programs for Castaic Union School District schools throughout the year by hosting fundraisers such as golf tournaments.

For more information about the foundation, visit


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