Stevenson Elementary and Edison Intermediate/Middle School students will soon be canvassing their families and neighbors in two annual fundraising efforts to benefit the schools' PTOs.

Stevenson Elementary and Edison Intermediate/Middle School students will soon be canvassing their families and neighbors in two annual fundraising efforts to benefit the schools' PTOs.

The 2011 Bobcat Card sale kicks off Sept. 2 and runs through Sept. 30. The sale benefits the 4-8 PTO.

"We probably had our most successful Bobcat Card drive last year," said Shawna Casey, who is co-chair of this year's sale with Lori Smith. "We sold about 1,600 cards, which was amazing for a community our size."

Students in grades 4-8 will be initially given five cards to sell and get more if they sell out, Casey said.

"The card costs $10 and it gets you discounts all year from a bunch of local businesses and restaurants," she said.

Among the local businesses giving discounts to Bobcat Card holders are Dairy Queen, DK Diner, Grandad's Pizza, Old Bag of Nails Pub, Luck Brothers Coffee, Wendy's, Subway and Rainbow Dry Cleaners.

"It's really a great way to get some good deals from local businesses and support the PTO at the same time," Casey said.

"The students are always excited about selling the cards, but we have some incentives to help inspire them even more," she said.

The top seller in each grade will win a $100 prize, Casey said. Second place will get $75 and third place earns $50.

The top selling grade will earn a pizza party and the top selling homeroom will get donuts and juice one morning, she said. Another big reward awaits students who sell all their cards.

"If a student sells all five cards, they get two tickets to try to dunk our principal, Bob Baeslack, or another faculty member in a dunk tank," Casey said. "They get really excited about that."

For every ticket they sell, seventh- and eighth-graders will earn $3 toward their class trip to Washington, D.C., she said.

Anyone who is not contacted by a student can order a Bobcat Card by emailing Casey at shawnacasey@yahoo.com or Smith at jeffsmith2@sbcglobal.net.

Stevenson students and Edison fourth- and fifth-grade students will be conducting the annual gift wrap sale beginning Sept. 9.

The sale, which runs through Sept. 30, benefits both the K-3 and 4-8 PTOs, said Sharon Hatem, who chairs the fourth- and fifth-grade sale. The elementary gift wrap sale is being chaired by Anastasia Yue.

"This is probably our biggest fundraiser," Hatem said. "Last year, we raised about $41,000."

In the annual fundraiser, students solicit purchases of items from the Innisbrook Gift Wrap and Helen Grace Chocolates catalog.

"They offer a variety of gift wrap, candles and many other holiday-type items," Hatem said. "They offer really fine products that people seem to love."

Fifty percent of all local sales will go to the PTOs, she said.

As in the Bobcat Card sale, there are incentives for students in the gift wrap sell, Hatem said.

Stevenson students can earn a chance to win raffles for gift baskets and fourth- and fifth-grade students will compete for cash prizes, she said.

More information about Innisbrook can be found at www.innisbrook.com.

Anyone who is not visited by a student can place an order by contacting Hatem at thatem@columbus.rr.com or Yue at anastasiajones25@hotmail.com.

The PTOs will use the money raised through the two projects to help pay for the various activities they sponsor throughout the school year at Stevenson and Edison, Hatem said. The activities include author visits, All Arts Day, Artists-in-the-Schools, COSI on Wheels, field trips and the annual playwriting project involving The Phoenix Theatre.