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Oprah Inspired, Parents Achieved – The Building Blocks Nursery School Raffle

Today was remarkable. What I dreamed came true. Thanks to Oprah’s The Big Give reality program from a few years ago, I dreamt that we, the parents of Building Blocks Nursery School, could help make a difference. Today a community of parents and local Brampton and Caledon businesses rallied together to raise over $5500 for Building Blocks Nursery School – the awesomely nurturing school which has been in the community for 25 years and has to find a new home for the 2012/2013 school year. The money we have raised will be used towards the substantial rent increase the school has been dealt for the upcoming school year.

Thank you to everyone – all family and friends who sold and bought tickets, all businesses and parents who contributed prizes, to Miranda and Nicola who helped with ticket sales, the raffle, communication to parents and the community, to my friends at work who donated their time and materials to design and print the tickets and to my family for their support (we can now eat at the dining table again).

Most importantly THANK YOU to the teachers – all of you – who have built this amazingly special school as you give so much to our children and their education. Thank you!

Today at lunch time we conducted the raffle for the 40 prizes! We have posted a list of all of the prizes and the winners on the school’s bulletin board outside the JK classroom. If you are a winner or know a winner please will you claim your prize at the school with the teachers before the end of this week. (Canada Post isn’t helping us to deliver the prizes.)

Here is the list of prizes and winners. (I apologize for any spelling mistakes.)

LG Smart TV Upgrader: ticket #1974 Charanjit Sohal (claimed)
The Core Condition – 5 Bootcamp classes: ticket #2726 Kyle Windover
The Core Condition – 5 Bootcamp classes: ticket #0712 Helena Luis
The Core Condition – 5 pilates classes: ticket #0853 Tracey Coleman
The Core Condition – 5 pilates classes: ticket #1518 Jennifer Selvaggi
Shannon Walker art class: ticket #0282 Vito Fera
Argo tickets: ticket #1868 Sheila Leger
itrain hockey intensive training: ticket #2718 Sadru Kaba
Lollipop books and Chapters gift card: ticket #0083 Cathy Lesario
Family Passes to Cineplex – ticket #0801 Susan Bartlett (claimed)
Party at More Fun with Bounce – ticket #1478 Mike Palumbo (claimed)
Passes for Tip of the Tee – ticket #1118 Enid Hallsworth (claimed)
$25 at Heartlake Drycleaning – ticket #0897 Angie Del Degan
$25 at Heartlake Drycleaning – ticket #0407 Kathy Bleakly
$25 at Heartlake Drycleaning – ticket #0089 Liam & Eli Craig
$25 at Heartlake Drycleaning – ticket #2027 Carlyle Butchart
Tupperware prize pack – ticket #1687 Kim Chapman
Brampton Theatre School – ticket #1511 John Good
Berryview Farms – 20lbs pick your own apples – ticket #1818 Elida Rosset
Berryview Farms – Flat of strawberries – ticket #2684 Darul
8 Markus Cds – ticket #1768 Matt Brown
Yogaloft – 5 class pass – ticket #1937 Inderjit Brar
Avon Gift basket – ticket #2558 Chris Leger
$100 The Keg gift certificate – ticket #1063 John Marji
$150 Eagle Glen golf certificate – ticket #0348 Helen Clegg
$200 in services with Auto Magicians – ticket #1014 John Crawford
XM Satellite Radio – ticket #0913 Jagjit Virdee
Il Tocco Magico Salon gift certificate – ticket #0384 Kuljeet Chhineer
Dietitians of Canada cookbook – ticket #1780 Catherine Brown
$300 Auto painting with FH Collision – ticket #1390 Melanie Coschignano
$300 Auto painting with FH Collision – ticket #1180 Raj Singh
$25 Ellis Flowers gift certificate – ticket #2047 Mark O’Donnell
$25 Ellis Flowers gift certificate – ticket #1033 Rob Pelligrino
$100 The Keg gift certificate – ticket #0215 Kelly Brown
Lena’s Gifts Floral Arrangement – ticket #0721 Anthony Sciarra
Lena’s Gifts Floral Arrangement – ticket #0855 Tracey Coleman
Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush – ticket #2696 Colin Hynes (claimed)
$75 Chapters gift card – ticket #1550 Sheila Butchart
$50 Best Buy gift card – ticket #1914 Carolyn Modi
$25 Rona gift certificate – ticket #2564 Julie Burbury

The sales incentive of 2 bottles of wine – we had one winner in the morning and one in the afternoon. The Butchart family in the morning (likely many of Toronto’s finest paramedics are Building Blocks supporters). Unfortunately I don’t have the spelling for the afternoon family.

The rent increase that the school has received from Heart Lake United Church is sizable. I hope we can think of other ways to help the teachers chip away at it. Please share your ideas here – it takes a community to raise a child. I believe it also takes a community to support our valued resources.


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Tomorrow Is The Raffle At Building Blocks Nursery School

Last call to bring in your tickets and money raised – tomorrow at 9am is the deadline as the raffle is at tomorrow at noon at the school. Please give them to myself or Karen Sanger.
As of June 20th, we have successfully raised $3300!

We have received tremendous support from the community – with over $3000 in prizing donations. Please find below the list of prizes. A few more prizes have been added – Argonaut tickets and an XM Satellite Radio!

Prizes include:
Toronto Argonaut tickets
XM Satellite Radio
LG Smart TV Upgrader – valued at $149
a gift certificate for $150.00 for a game for 9 holes of golf and cart for 4 at Erin Heights Golf Course courtesy of Matthew Wooder’s mom
2 gift certificates each worth $300.00 towards a paint job for a vehicle courtesy of FH Collision 15 FishermanDr. Unit 3 and Fadi Haddad.
A week at Theatre Summer Camp, Starting July 4th through August 26th (excluding the week of August 1- 5th) OR a Fall, Winter or Spring session(one of) of acting classes with The Brampton Theatre School
A flat of strawberries and and 20 lb bag of pick you own apples from Berryview Farms on Heartlake Road
A Party at More Fun with Bounce (valued at $400)
Bootcamp and pilates sessions from Susan Everett who runs The Core Condition
The Adventures of Lollipop set of books from Jennifer Cuthbert, author and a $25 Chapters gift card courtesy of Kim Traplin and family
Gift certificate for intensive itrain hockey camp from Sean Walker, itrain hockey owner,
Tupperware prize package from Kyla Young,
Gift certificate to Flapjacks Restaurant from Maria Durso, owner
8 CD set of children’s songs from Markus our favourite entertainer from Building Blocks parent holiday interactive day
5 class yoga pass to the Yogaloft from Laura Natale, owner
1 3 hour art class with Shannon Walker, adult and children’s art instructor
4 $25 gift certificates for dry cleaning services from Heart Lake Cleaners (164 Sandalwood Parkway East)
$100 gift certificate to Il Tocco Magico Salon at Heart Lake Plaza
An Avon gift basket from Farah
$100 The Keg gift certificate from Kathy Skale, Remax agent servicing Brampton and Caledon
$200 in car care services from Chris Beattie at Auto Magicians
$25 Rona gift certificate courtesy of Property Image Maintenance
$25 Bon Appetit gift certificate courtesy of Property Image Maintenance
2 Ellis Flowers gift certificates
Cineplex movie passes for 2 adults and 2 children courtesy of Maple Ridge Community Management Ltd.
$75 Chapters Gift Card from Ross Vignale, Sales Representative with Remax
$50 Best Buy gift card from Deborah Camacho, Spectrum Realty Services Inc.
2 $50 The Keg gift certificates courtesy of Cheltenham Water Supply
1 children’s electric toothbrush courtesy of Carmen Santos
Family of 4 mini golf or driving range courtesy of Tip of the Tee

Sales incentive: To the person who sells the most raffle tickets – two bottles of wine from a local winery courtesy of friends of the Freer Family!

Thank you so much for your support!


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