More than 100 high school students volunteered their time on Saturday (March 10) to run games and activities for hundreds of young students during the Ocean City Parent Teacher Association Spring Carnival at the Ocean City Primary School.
Parents helped set up and break down games, and the Ocean City Police Department helped transport additional games from storage at the Armory.
The massive volunteer effort is part of an annual event that helps raise money for a wide variety of programs for children at all three of Ocean City's schools. Saturday's event raised $3,300.
For two years, the PTA has provided funds for bus transportation for all Primary School (grades K-3) field trips at a cost of about $2,500 per year. At Ocean City High School, the PTA gives grants in the form of scholarships, sports equipment, contributions to the After Prom Committee and more. At the Ocean City Intermediate School, the PTA funds teacher grants for things like document cameras, overhead projectors and sports equipment.
The PTA provides gifts of appreciation for teachers of the year and pays for speakers and special appearances—most recently, the appearance of the Phillie Phanatic at the Intermediate School Anti-Bullying Rally.
The PTA gave more than $25,000 in grants and funding to benefit the children of Ocean City schools.
"Ocean City is a wonderful place to live, filled with many people who are generous with their time and talents," said Sarah McDowell, one of the carnival organizers. "Without all of them, it wouldn't come together as well as it does."