Parents for Progress members hope what they are calling a maroon dot campaign will become a "talking point" for the school district's 8.9-mill operating levy on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Parents for Progress members hope what they are calling a maroon dot campaign will become a "talking point" for the school district's 8.9-mill operating levy on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The pro-levy Parents for Progress campaign committee recently created a Web site -- www.cwmaroon.org -- and have been volunteering at school open houses in the past weeks.

Committee chairs Melissa Chiles and Jennifer Nack said the group will unveil its maroon dot program and answer questions about the levy during the Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival.

"The maroon dot is meant to create a talking point," Chiles said. "People are going to question what it is and start asking questions about the levy."

She added that she intends to have the maroon dot posted all through the village in shop windows, car windows and front yards. "It's to create buzz," Nack said. "It's meant for everybody, but primarily to get people to ask questions."

Nack, Chiles and some of the other 50 volunteers already signed up with the committee will be on hand at the Labor Day Festival to answer questions from residents about the levy. Chiles said the goal is to inform the community about the levy in a more casual environment than at a board of education meeting.

"They may feel more comfortable in a casual environment," she said.

Parents for Progress will have a booth during the entire festival and will enter the festival's parade showing off a new banner donated by Team Gear Limited, a local spirit wear shop. Parents for Progress members also plan to hold a raffle during the festival and will give away T-shirts, free rounds of golf, tickets to The Ohio State University football games, a free registration ticket for the Canal Winchester Joint Recreation District, a 2009 municipal pool membership and a cornhole set decorated with Canal Winchester High School colors and insignia.

Chiles said school district residents should expect to see a series of events to get information out during September and October.

The co-chairs said they plan to canvass the community, hold football tailgating events and, possibly, a town hall style meeting at the Canal Winchester Education Center, 100 Washington St.

"We're excited to see what happens," Nack said. "We just want to see some of the events start to unfold."

If passed, district officials say, the levy would raise approximately $3.8-million and would cost property owners an additional $272.57 in taxes annually per $100,000 of real estate value.

This is the district's fourth levy request in two years.