District Turns To Out-Of-The-Box Fundraisers To Fill Budget Gap

OSSINING, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Budget cuts have forced a Westchester County school district to rely on fundraising, but that doesn’t mean they’re turning to bake sales.

When money is tight, extracurriculars sometimes fall on the chopping block.

So, it’s a good thing that, in Ossining, the local education foundation has come up with some creative fundraisers. They recently netted $100,000.

But the Ossining Matters Education Foundation isn’t selling brownies and lemonade at football games.

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They held a concert with former New York Yankees center fielder slash jazz guitarist Bernie Williams.

Their online auction features a signed Bernie Williams bat, along with Yankees, Jets, and Giants tickets.

“The sign of the times is that, you know, more and more school districts will have to really partner with education foundations and with budget cuts, you know, districts will be more reliant with education foundations,” Ossining Matters Director Amy Seiden told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.

Other hot auction items are special outings with popular teachers, like a shoe shopping excursion, plus bowling and a pizza party.

If you want to be assistant principal for half a day, the bidding was up to $50 as of Friday morning.

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