2005-10-27 / News

PTO selling holiday luminary kits

The Jamestown Parent Teacher Organization is hoping that everyone will be propelled into the holiday spirit as a result of their upcoming luminary fund-raiser.

The PTO will be selling Luminary Kits, which it hopes will be bought by families all over Jamestown.

Often called luminaria in Spanish, luminaries are small candle lanterns in paper bags, usually placed on walkways and door steps to illuminate the path for the winter holiday season. Originally a Mexican tradition, luminaria were once used to guide people to midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

Liz Byrne of the PTO said that the organization’s goal is to sell the kits of 10 lanterns for $10 each and then have everyone who purchases them light them up on the same night.

The chosen evening in Jamestown is Dec. 3 because that is also the night of the Christmas tree lighting at East Ferry. “Many people will be out that night,” Byrne noted. “They’re really very beautiful and charming,” she said about the candle lanterns.

Byrne said that she hopes that everyone will display the lighted lanterns at 5 p.m. “We especially hope that downtown will be all lit up” for the chosen night, she added.

The luminary kits will be for sale at both school buildings beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1, and they will also be sold at Slice of Heaven, Cathryn Jamison Salon, McQuade’s Marketplace, and the Village Hearth, Byrne said.

The annual Conanicut Island Art Association Craft Fair, which will also be held Dec. 3 at the Melrose Avenue School, will be the final chance to purchase the luminary kits, she said.

Funds raised from the luminary sales will go to help defray the cost of field trips, Byrne said. The PTO also helps purchase special classroom items for teachers, she pointed out.

Organizing this and other upcoming events is the board of the PTO, which began at the start of this school year. The board includes Sherri Deacon and Dori Hirsch as co-presidents, Byrne as volunteer co-ordinator, Anne Riley as fund-raising chairman, Kerri Reardon as secretary, Jackie Bell as publicity chairwoman, and Lisa Lawless as treasurer. Susan Piccerelli is the social events chairwoman.

Byrne hopes that the luminary fund-raiser will become a tradition in Jamestown.

“We want it to catch on so we can do it every year,” she said.

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