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This year's fundraising draw to keep down the costs of the book rental scheme in CBS Secondary School, Mitchelstown, was widely supported, as three local people were rewarded for their support with attractive cash prizes.
Principal John Desmond, told The Avondhu that all of the parents use the scheme and it could mean the difference between paying €85 instead of almost €400 for a child's books for the school year. He added that with subjects such as project maths, the books are only valid for one year, so this would put a huge cost on parents annually.
"These are difficult financial times for parents and the costs of books are prohibitive, but the book rental scheme is a huge plus for parents in the current economic climate," Mr Desmond added.
Chairman of the parents' association, Gerard Murphy thanked Mr Desmond for securing sponsorship for the cards, which were kindly printed by Lettertech Printing in Little Island, he thanked everyone who supported the draw and congratulated the students on their efforts, as many students filled more than one card, with one student going above and beyond the norm by filling seven cards.
Treasurer TJ Rea said that they were quite happy with the amount raised and with the success of last year's fundraising draw, it was decided to run it again this year.
Last year's profits of €5,000 were used to fix the lift in the school.
Four prizes were awarded at the draw, for first, second and third prize, with an additional seller's prize and the parents' council also presented John Desmond with a donation of €50 to go towards the Transition Year school tour.
The first prize of €750 went to Margaret Fogarty of Kilwhelan, the second prize of €350 was won by Joan Quish while the third prize of €200 was awarded to Marie Finn of Carrigroe. First year student Cathal O'Mahony also won €50 for the seller's prize.
The parents' association thanked Reidy's SuperValu for allowing the students to sell tickets at the door, An Garda Siochana for issuing the permit, the retail outlets, pubs and businesses who sold cards for the school and all those who generously supported the fundraiser.
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