Upper Arlington News

CeleBEARty raises $10,000 to buy computers


Upper Arlington High School's annual "CeleBEARty" was a major success earlier this month and will enable the school to purchase 25 laptop computers.

Parent Melissa Wallace said the high school's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) held its seventh annual CeleBEARty Wait Night March 2 at Nicola Restaurant.

"The dinner was served by Upper Arlington district and community CeleBEARty waiters," she said.

She said the local celebrity volunteers or "celeBEARty" -- referring to the Upper Arlington Golden Bears -- waited on guests and collected tips as donations for the technology purchases.

The waiters were Superintendent Paul Imhoff, Chief Academic Officer Emilie Greenwald, Principal Ryan McClure and Assistant Principals Andrew Theado, Tom Cochran and Luis Vazquez.

Other members of the wait staff were guidance counselor Kathy Moore, Executive Director of Business Services Chris Potts, Treasurer Andy Geistfeld and Upper Arlington Board of Education President Stacey Royer and school board members Nancy Drees and Carol Mohr.

Joanie Dugger from the Upper Arlington Education Foundation and Tim Huffman, owner of Huffman's Market, also donned celebrity waiter aprons and served dinner guests.

Wallace said the event raised $10,000.

"The most exciting news of all is that the Upper Arlington Education Foundation added a grant for $15,000 so the Apple laptop cart will be fully funded and in use before the end of this school year," she said.

She said "Tips for Technology" was the title theme of the dinner.

"The money will pay for a mobile cart with 25 Apple laptop computers and software to be used throughout the high school building," Wallace said. "Teachers will sign out the laptop cart on a period-by-period basis.

"Technology is a serious issue at the high school because it allows teachers to stretch the walls of the classroom to accelerate learning," she said.

The cost to attend the dinner was $40 each or $75 per couple.

Wallace said the wait night is the PTO's major fundraiser each year.

"The guests enjoy the event because it is on a Sunday night and includes great food and friends," she said. "We encouraged guests to put tables of friends together and some tables were as large as 14 people."

She said in addition to herself, the PTO committee for the event included Sarah Cole, Leslie Caldwell, Cindi Klamar, Sarah Kurz, Lisa Martyn, Kathy Masters, Sally Meier, Patty Mikac, Alison Scott, Pam Shisler and Marti Steen.

"We would really like to thank the UA Education Foundation, Nicola Restaurant and Bar and Huffman's Market for all of their support," Wallace said.

She said donations for technology purchases may still be made to the UAHS PTO.