Looks WHOO’s Walking and Raising School Funds?

PPE Teachers
PPE Teachers

Plantation Park Elementary (PPE) PTA held its 1st annual “Owl Walk” in late January and it was “A”mazing! The school-wide fitness fundraiser had students, faculty, and staff lacing up their sneakers to participate in its first-ever event. Other participants were City of Plantation firefighters who also brought along Sparky, the City of Plantation Fire Department’s (PFD) mascot and of course, School Resource Officer (SRO) Joe Gallignani couldn’t miss it.

The event was created to raise funds for school improvements and educational enrichment programs at the premier Plantation school. Students were encouraged to ask family, friends, and neighbors to sponsor them. Local businesses didn’t hesitate to show their support of PPE’s Owl Walk. Many happily sponsored the event and donated refreshments. 

“We have received so much support from our community and local businesses, we are so thankful for their donations. We are truly grateful for all of our corporate sponsors this year – without them, Owl Walk would not have been possible!” remarked PTA President at Plantation Park Elementary, Stefanie Smith, when asked about the success of the event.

Firefighters, child, teacher and mascot

Troy Ramsey, PPE 5th Grade teacher was the surprise guest DJ and emcee of the event. He played great tracks to keep everyone on their feet. His playlist kept both kids and adults dancing as they made their way around the carpool loop for 30 minutes. After walking, the students received prizes, snacks, water, and an “Allstar” dance party with PFD mascot Sparky serving up some ice cream treats.

“This year’s Owl Walk was incredible! Our students had so much fun raising money for their school and showing their PPE pride today,” said Jessica Trinidad, PTA VP of Fundraising at Plantation Park Elementary. 

The event was a huge success as these determined students raised more than $17,000. Everyone at PPE, students and teachers alike, are already looking forward to next year’s Owl Walk. 

“We are so excited to have a new fundraising tradition at Plantation Park Elementary that incorporates fitness, community involvement and school spirit,” concluded Brittany Mohler, PTA VP of Membership at PPE. Owl Walk will be an annual fundraising event at Plantation Park Elementary. 

If you are interested in becoming a business sponsor or individual donor for the event in 2021, please email [email protected] for more information.