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Luau Plans to Raise Money For Briarcliff Schools

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – About 150 tickets have been sold so far for a luau party on Saturday to raise money for the Briarcliff Manor Education Foundation.

"One of our new board members came to me with the idea and we thought it was such a great way to continue to reach out to our community," said Liz Karp, co-president of the education foundation.

The luau will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday at the Law Park pavilion. It will feature Hawaiian decorations and luau-themed food, such as mango salsa and shrimp, Karp said. Aside from food, there will be cocktails and dancing, and each guest will be welcomed with a lei.

Tickets to the luau cost $60 per person, and proceeds will go towards education foundation grants and other programs.

In 2010, Karp said, the foundation awarded $50,210 in grants to 21 projects designed to enrich and enhance education in Briarcliff schools.

Projects awarded money included a training program to teach elementary school and sixth grade math teachers about the Singapore math methods that use a more visual way to break down math problems, and a new astronomy club, which was granted money to buy telescope supplies.

The middle school was also awarded grant money to install an irrigation system for the garden in its outdoor classroom.

"We have a variety of fundraisers. Aside from the luau, every spring we have a bigger version of dinner/dancing at the Trump National Golf Club," Karp said. "We also do mailings to the community and we have a teacher tribute program where donations go to support teacher development, for example to allow them to go to a conference for professional development."

Karp encouraged anyone who wants to come to the luau to do so, even if they haven't registered for the event.

"The tickets will be more at the door, but it won't be a significant difference," she said.

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