JOHNSBURG - Springboarding on the success of Race the Train, a fundraiser for Johnsburg's Dollars for Scholars chapter, has gathered over the past nine years, the organization has decided to introduce a new program. Books for Tots will host its first fundraiser during Race the Train weekend Friday, Aug. 6 at Marsha's Restaurant on Main Street in North Creek from 5 to 7 p.m.
The fundraiser will provide a pre-race dinner with all proceeds benefiting the Book for Tots program. Take-out dinners will be available beginning at 4:30 p.m. and tickets will be on sale in the lobby of Community Bank as well as at the door. Pre-sale tickets are encouraged and the cost of the meal is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for children eight and under. The meal includes homemade spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread & butter, cake, and a beverage.
The Books for Tots program is designed to get children interested in reading and engaged in learning at the youngest age possible. With the funds donated, Johnsburg Dollars for Scholars will purchase new children's books this year and donate them to all the families of newborn children in the Johnsburg Central School District.
"National studies have shown that having a love for books before entering school is the single most important factor in fostering success in school," said Johnsburg Dollars for Scholars President Ann Arsenault. "As a non-profit organization with the primary goal of fostering and rewarding scholarship, we hope to provide a gift of captivating, colorful new children's books."
Following the success that Race the Train has developed, Arsenault hopes that Dollars for Scholars can get this new and innovative program off the ground in a similar manner.
"I can only hope that Books for Tots is as successful as Race the Train has become," she said. "It is a worthy cause and something that should be important to this community."
Race the Train has developed into much more than a fundraiser. Garnering ample community support, the event has become town-wide tradition.
"Books for Tots is one way of thanking the community for making Race the Train so successful," said Arsenault. "It is our pleasure to do it."
Johnsburg Dollars for Scholars, which raises money for annual scholarships given to Johnsburg Central School graduates who exhibit a dedication to volunteering and who plan to continue their education, has recently seen an increase in community support. They just concluded their most successful phonathon yet, despite the financial strains that the economy is placing on the individual, according to Arsenault.
Anyone wishing to contribute donations or to get involved with Dollars for Scholars can contact Arsenault at 251-2602.