Tri-Village News

Schools encourage early holiday shopping with annual fundraiser

Students will be taking orders from Sept. 27 through Oct. 16


The Stevenson Elementary and Edison Intermediate/Middle School PTOs' annual gift wrap sale kicks off Sept. 27.

Stevenson students and Edison fourth- and fifth-graders will be conducting the sale through Oct. 16.

"It serves as our biggest fundraiser," said Julie Freeman, chairwoman for the Edison sale. "This sale is the main way we fund all the events we sponsor during the year."

"The field days, author visits, Kids Night Out, the arts day -- we couldn't do any of it without this fundraiser," said Stephanie Graubner-Nelson, chairwoman for Stevenson's sale.

Both PTOs earned about $10,000 from last year's gift wrap sale.

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

"There is a lot more than just gift wrap available," Graubner-Nelson said. "There is Helen Grace Chocolate and this year's catalog includes frozen cookie dough, jewelry, kitchen items, gifts and stationery. You can get all your holiday shopping done."

All items ordered will be delivered by the middle of November, she said.

The PTOs receive 50 percent of all local sales from the catalog, she said.

Students will be contacting family members, friends and neighbors seeking orders, Graubner-Nelson said.

Orders can also be made online at

At Edison, students who sell at least 30 items will earn a special award, Freeman said.

"They get to ride a limousine to get a pizza lunch at Donatos," she said. "The students really get a kick out of it. Last year, we had about 25 or 30 students who got the limo ride."

At Stevenson, "the focus we have is on school spirit," Graubner-Nelson said. "It's a chance for the students to be involved in something that benefits the entire school."