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MADISON – A late October event organized by the Parent-Teacher Organization at Madison Elementary School raised over $21,000 to benefit their students, according to organizers.

Principal Amy Pritt was pleased with the volunteerism and the result that was obtained through teachers, parents and the community working together for “Buffalo Bingo.”

“It was a very successful event and our PTO put it together,” Pritt said. “We had most of the prizes donated and we had about 550 attendees.”

Pritt said that the money raised will benefit the students in multiple ways.

“The money is used to fund field trips, computer software, extra classroom supplies, our sound system and rewards, she added. “It also funds math field day and our academic bowl. Art projects are supported through it as well.”

While Pritt acknowledged the funding she receives from the county and the state for classroom supplies, she said that the extra resources are welcomed.

“They go above and beyond for those items and we never have to ask students for money to pay for those things,” Pritt said. “Our PTO does an amazing job and we are very thankful for that.”

Parent and volunteer Laura McClure Adams saw the event as a tremendous success.

“This is our fourth Buffalo Bingo and the first year we started it was when Boone County Schools were going through a tough time with the cuts and we put the bingo together the first year not knowing what we were really doing,” she said. “We had nowhere near the people we needed to run it but it was a success. That first year we made in the neighborhood of $17,000.  Each year has been a success and we sold 461 pre-sale tickets this year, which was a record for the event.”

Items are donated and school-based fundraisers provide supplies for the event. The profit stood at $21,321.94 after the dust had settled and the massive cleanup took place, all provided by volunteers.

“It is a testament to our small community,” she said. “We come together when there is a need.”

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.