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Shuttered Lewisboro Elementary's PTA Donates To Local Groups

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Lewisboro Elementary School Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- When Lewisboro Elementary School (LES) was closed last summer, its Parent Teacher Association (PTA) effectively became defunct. However, its funds will benefit several groups across the community.

In an announcement posted to the Katonah-Lewisboro school district's website on Wednesday, it was announced where the PTA's funds went to.

About $50,000 was left over at the end of the 2013-14 school year, according to the PTA.

The bulk of the funds were distributed to the association's counterparts for Meadow Pond Elementary School (MPES) and Increase Miller Elementary School (IMES) to cover costs stemming from redistricted LES kids adding to their buildings' enrollments.

John Jay Middle School and John Jay High School received some of the money, the LES PTA added, which went to projects including a library reading space at the former and benches outside of the cafeteria for the latter. The Katonah-Lewisboro school district's Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) received funding for summer programming.

Additionally, the PTA set aside some of the money for scholarships intended for high-school seniors who graduated from LES.

The PTA added that some of the funds were also used to purchase gaga pits, which are for a type of ball game, for the playgrounds at IMES and MPES. The pits are expected to be installed during the spring.

The Lewisboro Library also received funding in the form of a commemorative brick and display case, according to the PTA, while the KL Foundation, which provides supplemental funding for district programming, also received a donation.

The LES PTA stated that funds have been traditionally used for field trips, special events, enrichment activities and teacher appreciation.

A copy of the PTA's announcement is available here.

The school board voted last January to close LES - the one-year anniversary of the 5-2 decision is on Friday, Jan. 23 - with declining enrollment cited, Daily Voice previously reported. In preparation for the closure, an array of transition measures were employed to help the students. An upbeat sendoff was held in June for the students

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