These ELMOs are not fuzzy and red, but Indian Springs Elementary School students may be tickled by them, anyway.

These ELMOs are not fuzzy and red, but Indian Springs Elementary School students may be tickled by them, anyway.

It's a cinch the teachers will.

The Indian Springs Elementary School Parent Teacher Association's annual silent auction and pancake breakfast is set for Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The cost for the all-you-can eat breakfast is $4 a person. Children under 4 may dine at no charge.

The breakfast is being catered by ChrisCakes, whose "flippers" provide the added entertainment of flipping pancakes to customers who have to try to catch them on their plates.

A portion of the proceeds from the pancake sales as well as the silent auction will go toward purchasing additional technology for the school's classrooms, according to PTA president Melissa O'Sullivan.

"This year PTA has voted to use some of our funds to purchase more technology for the classrooms, machines called ELMOs that are not fuzzy and red," O'Sullivan wrote in an e-mail to ThisWeek. "These are document cameras that are like overhead projectors but don't need transparencies and are much easier and quicker to use. We approved purchasing enough machines so that each classroom would have its own, so teachers would no longer have to share the few we had in the building and worry about coordinating who had a machine and when."

The devices come from ELMO USA, an 85-year-old instructional technology firm based in Plainview, N.Y., with offices also in Cypress, Calif.

"The company's cutting-edge innovations are shaping the future of visual communications," according to a product announcement on its website. "Foremost among these innovations are teaching tools for dynamic classroom presentations. ELMO's groundbreaking document cameras and visual presenters benefit students by enabling instructors to incorporate stimulating high-resolution visuals into their lesson plans."

"We're totally getting a jumpstart on the holiday shopping season," Indian Springs PTA member Miriam Bowers Abbott indicated regarding the silent auction. "This year, we've collected amazing Blue Jackets tickets, an electric guitar, lots of restaurant gift certificates, Segway tours and enough other things to make your eyes roll back in your head."

"You'd be surprised at how much community support Indian Springs gets," Abbott said in an interview. "It's always very well attended, so there's a great sense that you're in the community," she added. "We invited City Attorney Rick Pfeiffer every year, and he's already got it on his calendar."

"I just like to know what is going on with schools and other community activities, and I try to show up and be supportive," Pfeiffer wrote in his e-mail accepting the invitation. The Clintonville resident added that he grew up on Chatham Road, in a home his father bought after returning from serving in World War II.

Abbott called the event a "dirt cheap pancake breakfast" and a "gift certificate extravaganza," with opening bids at 15 to 20 percent below cost from local restaurants and businesses, ballet and theater tickets, and more.

"It's a nice way to support the school and get a great deal," Abbott said. "It's not like shopping at Walmart. You never know what you're going to see at the silent auction."

In addition to helping pay for the document cameras, PTA president O'Sullivan wrote that proceeds from the Nov. 6 fundraiser will help provide each teacher with a stipend to purchase needed supplies for the classroom, as well as to pay a portion of the fee for each fourth and fifth grader to attend outdoor education camp in the spring.