Mountain Park Elementary is Coolin' Down the House

Polar Punch! Credits: Milla Trigos
Indoor Snow Blower Credits: Tammy Zanko
Polar Bear Winner Credits: Milla Trigos
Arctic Zone Scene Credits: Tammy Zanko
Snow Ball Toss Credits: Tammy Zanko
Snow Ball Toss Credits: Tammy Zanko

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Friday, March 24, 2017 Mountain Park families chilled out at the Coolin’ Down the House Party to raise funds to upgrade the school’s electrical wiring and to purchase and install much-needed air conditioning units in the homerooms and special education classrooms.

In spring and fall months, temperatures can reach over 90 degrees in some classrooms even without a full classroom of students, according to a temperature study done by Mrs. Pastore’s fifth grade science students. With classroom temperatures so high, students and teachers have difficulty concentrating on learning.

As a result of this data, the Mountain Park PTO voted unanimously to raise the funds to improve the classroom environment and keep our students and teachers safe.  Our first fundraiser, the Annual Adult Social and Basket Raffle, raised $11,000 toward our goal of the approximately $21,000 necessary for the upgrade and installation. The Coolin’ Down the House Party is the second fundraiser this year.

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Dancing to the tunes of “DJ Infinite,” local middle-schooler Brandon Koch, kids and parents alike did the limbo, the cha-cha slide and rocked out for a good cause. They enjoyed polar punch, popcorn, pizza and an ice cream sundae bar. Families played a snowball bowling game, snowball corn hole, took selfies in front of a polar landscape, had indoor snow blower and penguin shuffle races, and entered contests to win a giant polar bear and to name the air conditioners in each classroom. Everyone had a COOL time!

The PTO thanks the Connell Corporation, the Recreation department and the many families, friends and local businesses who have started us off in this venture. To help the Mountain Park PTO meet its fundraising goal by making a tax-deductible contribution, please contact the PTO at, or go online to make a donation through PayPal on the Mountain Park PTO page of the school district website:

All donations are greatly appreciated.

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