BELMAR, NJ — March Madness is in full swing at Belmar Elementary School — not to actually play basketball, but to raise money to bring a full-size court to the school grounds by next fall.

The Belmar Elementary PTO is asking the greater Belmar community to contribute to its fundraising effort during the month when the NCAA tournaments dominates the nation’s college sports headlines.

“We see this as an opportunity to unite our community in an effort to support our children and our school,” said PTO president Carol Turano, pointing out BES is among the few schools in the area without a basketball court.

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“Our goal is to have the court built this summer and ready for our children to use on opening day of school next September,” she added. “How exciting will it be for our students to walk into school opening day and see a brand-new court waiting for them to use.”

In less than six months since launching the campaign, the PTO has raised nearly one-half on the estimated $70,000 needed for the project, which would place a b-ball court in the far corner of the school’s playground near Railroad Avenue.

As part of its current March Madness fundraiser, the PTO is requesting a $50 donation from each BES student’s family, as well as contributions from the local businesses and residents.

Last year, the BES student body placed a basketball court on the top of their wish list for the school, prompting the Belmar PTO to make a major push to bring one to the school.

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The court would be used for gym class, recess and after-school activities, and its design would also feature other games, including the playground favorite, Four Squares, according to the PTO.

For more information on the fundraising effort or how to make a donation, contact

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