SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - The South Plainfield Middle School PTO was presented with a donation of $1500 from Elks Lodge #2298 at the Borough Council meeting on Monday November 6th.

“After reading that the Organization needed funds to help the students and the student programs, the Elks decided that we didn't want the program to struggle at the start of the year so we made the donation,” said Former State President of the New Jersey Elks Association and Trustee for Lodge #2298 Peter Smith.  “As with all our donations to our community, we simply want to help those in need.  This is what the Elks are all about.” 

“On behalf of the South Plainfield Elks, we would like to help the Middle School PTO with a donation of $1500,” announced Smith before City Council as he presented the check.

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Middle School PTO Co-Presidents Danielle Mendez and Dawn Tomei accepted the donation on behalf of the PTO and students.  Co-Vice President Georgia Lambert and Treasurer Stellanie Callanan were also at the  Council meeting and expressed their gratitude.

“We are extremely grateful for the Elks’ donation,” said Mendez.  “For us coming in and starting new as a PTO, it was a challenge.  We had nothing at the start of the year.  We had to apply for licensing, insurance and get a new EIN number.  If it wasn't for the help of the Elks and others, we would not be able to do anything for the students.”

The Former South Plainfield Middle School PTO was dissolved just before the school year began leaving the organization without funds to start the year.  Parents came together quickly to form a new PTO.

“We were just approved for insurance, so we can actually plan a dance for the students now,” added Mendez.  “We have so much that we want to do to for the school and the students.”

Exalted Ruler Janice Campos, Leading Knight Christine Sauer, Auditing Chairman Tom Browne, Inner Guard Margaret Williams, Trustee Tim Kelly, and Youth Activities Chairwoman Sharon Reuter were at the Council meeting to present the $1500 check to the Middle School PTO.

“As Elks, we see a cause that needs some help and we do what we can,” added Smith.  “Especially when it comes to our youth.  They are our tomorrow and the Elks want them to know we are there to help them.”

“Now we can celebrate the kids and their achievements,” added Mendez.  “We have a little cushion of money and can do something great for the school.”

“It was the members of the Elks Lodge that made this happen,” concluded Smith.  “None of it is possible without the unity of our membership.  Membership is our lifeline and without that, the Elks would not be able to do the things we do.”