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Westlake High PTA Shops for Scholarships

THORNWOOD, N.Y. – A shopping spree at a local Westchester department store may be just what the Westlake PTA needs to help send a group of Westlake High School seniors to college this fall.

“It’s really a win-win fundraiser because the money goes directly to the PTA and the business benefits by the customers using the coupon,” said Marybeth Ederer, president of the Westlake High School PTA.

The Westlake High School PTA will be holding a joint fundraiser with Lord & Taylor. For $5 residents can purchase a ticket that includes four exclusive deals at the store. The deals are good for Friday, April 27 at the Eastchester location with one-time coupons for: 25 percent off any one women’s item, 25 percent off any one men’s item, 20 percent off any item and 15 percent off any item. The deals feature very few exclusions.

Ederer said that the fundraiser is the first of its kind in Westlake and she and the PTA hope that it can boost the scholarship fund, which is currently low compared to previous years.

“With the recent economic times, we haven’t received many donations for the fund so we’re really hoping that this fundraiser can help us out.” Ederer said.

According to Ederer, the PTA hopes to raise an additional $1,000 through the fundraiser.

Each year, the PTA gives out 15 scholarships to college bound seniors at Westlake, along with grants to teachers. Last year, the PTA was able to give the English department a grant to purchase new Kindle Fire tablets. Ederer said the PTA will still give scholarships to seniors this year, but that the amount may be significantly less if funds are not raised over the upcoming months.

The Lord & Taylor fundraiser is open to shoppers everywhere, whether they have students in Westlake High School or not.

“It can be a way for people to make a Friday night out of it,” Ederer said. “And in the end you’re really helping the kids.”

Tickets can be purchased on Lord & Taylor’s website by selecting “Westlake High School PTA” in the drop down menu or by contacting Marybeth Ederer at 914-747-9684.

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