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Volunteers continue boosting bottom lines for district’s schools  

GOLDSTON, N.C. — PTA volunteers across Chatham County Schools combined for 74,483 hours of work for the Chatham PTA Thrift Shop and generated a combined $603,340.23 for their schools during the 2018-19 school year. 

Bennett’s volunteers put in 12,623.4 hours of sorting, arranging and otherwise providing assistance for the Chatham PTA Thrift Shop. The work earned $75,548.82 for Bennett's PTA, money that will help Bennett. For the fourth year in a row, those totals were tops among PTAs in the district.

“Volunteers serve a major role in the success of the Chatham PTA Thrift Shop. They bring in donations, sort and hang clothes, work to keep all three stores clean, along with many other tasks. All the volunteer hours that are worked allow the stores to run more efficiently without hiring more employees,” said Chatham PTA Thrift Shop treasurer Wilhelmina Ritter, who teaches physical education at Siler City Elementary School. 

School districts across the state are operating with a measure of financial uncertainty on account of the state’s budget remaining in limbo. 

But Chatham County Schools Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan said his district’s partnership with the Chatham PTA Thrift Shop provides schools there with a guaranteed source of extra supplemental funding that is impactful at the school level. 

“Not all district’s can say that,” Jordan told volunteers before Chatham PTA Thrift Shop check presentations at J.S. Waters School in September. “We appreciate everything that you do to make it happen.”

Published Oct. 1, 2019