Pancake fundraiser to benefit elementary school

On Saturday, Jan. 30, Frankford Elementary School will host a pancake breakfast at Dagsboro Fire Hall. The all-you-can-eat affair, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon, is designed to help raise money for the school to buy new playground equipment for their future home at the John M. Clayton building.

Frankford Elementary intervention teacher Keri Justice planned the fundraiser and is the PTO vice-president.

‘We’re moving Frankford Elementary into John M. Clayton Elementary School this summer,” she explained. “And, going from a high school to an elementary school, we are going from empty track fields, having no playground equipment to needing some.”

“What the PTO is doing,” she said, “is we are trying to raise the money to help cover the extra amount that we’re going to need.”

Although Frankford Elementary does have money budgeted for the move, to help buy equipment, there is not enough to cover everything. Any and all donations to the playground equipment fund would be greatly appreciated by the faculty and students, Justice said.

She explained that the school’s staff is currently looking through catalogs to pick out the equipment they would like to purchase. However, picking out equipment is difficult to do without knowing how much money the school will have to work with.

“We don’t have an estimated amount we want to raise,” she noted. “We’re going to see what we have and then plan our budget according to what we made, because it is very expensive. It’s about $20,000 to $25,000 per piece for one of the big pieces.”

Ticket to the Jan. 30 breakfast cost $6 for adults and $4.50 for kids 3 to 12, and all children younger than 3 can eat for free. People interested in attending the breakfast may call the school to reserve tickets or just show up on Saturday. Pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice are all included for the ticket price.

The school has pre-sold more than 200 tickets and expects attendance to double that figure with walk-ins.

The Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company donated the use of its facility to the school, free of charge, for the event. Local sponsors, including Dagsboro Paint & Wallpaper, donated money to help buy the sausage.

The fundraiser has been a group effort involving the help of faculty, parents and students alike.

“All the pancake mix was donated by our second- and third-graders. All of the syrup was donated by our pre-K, kindergarten and first-graders, and all of the paper goods – plates, silverware and napkins – were donated by our fourth- and fifth-graders,” said Justice. “My room is completely and utterly full of boxes right now, with pancake mix and syrup. It’s really cool how much everybody brought.”

Staff and parents will be working the breakfast, along with Frankford Elementary Principal Duncan Smith.

“Our principal will be there flipping pancakes with us,” noted Justice with a laugh.

For more information or to reserve tickets call (302) 732-3808 or stop by Frankford Elementary.