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Casual For A Cause Benefits Local Charities

By Staff | Feb 4, 2009

Casual Fridays are popular among many businesses, offices, and companies. It’s that one day a week where a tie is unnecessary and a skirt can be left on the rack.

As suggested in August by incoming superintendent Dr. Portia Brandt, the Muncy High School and Ward L. Myers Elementary School instituted a dress-down Friday as a charitable undertaking.

Teachers, administration, and staff at the high school can pay $8 a month to “dress down” and sport more comfortable attire on Fridays; it is called “Casual for a Cause” and teachers wear a button or tag with the catchy slogan along with their casual garb.

Each month the money raised goes to a local charity. The organization or family who receives the funds is determined by a different department each month. The monthly proceeds total between $350 and $400. Recent charitable donations were given to The Son Light House in Muncy and Toys for Tots- Lycoming County.

In addition, funds were donated to a coat drive as well as the high school’s FBLA chapter to help with state competition costs. Special donations were presented to some local families in need.

At the elementary school faculty, staff, and administration pay $2a week to dress down. The monthly proceeds have averaged close to $500.

The organization or family who receives the funds is nominated by a faculty, staff, or administration member and then agreed upon by the whole. Recent charitable donations were given to Coats for Kids, the purchase of Christmas gifts for children in the district who were in need, the elementary playground fund, and a few individual families in the district who needed it.

As a joint venture in May, both schools are planning on using the monthly donations to contribute to the Muncy Summer Library Program.