Cazenovia High School PTSA Presents Holiday Fundraiser – Eagle News Online

CAZENOVIA – The Cazenovia High School Parent-Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is kicking off the holiday season with a fundraising sale that will run through December 7.

The organization sells bespoke Cazenovia-themed items – some of which can be personalized – through its online store,

The PTSA has partnered with Kelly McCrink, a parent and business owner of Cazenovia, to create gift items like glasses engraved with “Cazenovia”, tea towels with an image of Cazenovia High School and “Class of 2023”, ornaments with the Caz Lakers logo, knit beanies and oversized blankets with leather “CAZ” patches, and pillows personalized with GPS coordinates and last names.

The PTSA plans to set up a display table for people to see the products available at the December 2 Winter Walk (Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting). Members will be selling two additional products at the event that can be purchased and taken home that night. One is an ornament engraved with the message “There’s no place like Cazenovia for the holidays”, and the other is a red tumbler with the same Cazenovia message engraved on it.

Displays will also be set up at various school events for teachers and staff to view the products.

All orders must be placed by December 7th to allow enough time to send items to customers before the holiday.

“We are really excited about this fundraiser,” said PTSA President Kathleen Benedict. “It’s the first time we’ve done something like this. . . Kelly is very talented and very generous.

According to Benedict, the PTSA has already partnered with McCrink. Last year, she made a gift that the PTSA presented to all teachers for teacher appreciation in May.

McCrink has children in the Cazenovia High School classes of 2017, 2019, 2024 and 2028.

“We believe that a top-notch school system and our supportive community helps our children succeed,” McCrink said. “. . . I enjoy helping out in the community, children’s schools and sports teams/clubs. Due to being extremely busy running a business full time, I don’t have the ability to volunteer my time to help with events and the like. I realized that I could create unique items in my local personalization store that parents would like to buy for gifts and themselves with a higher percentage of sales going direct to school than most fundraisers end up winning an organization. I think as parents we get bored with the same fundraisers though [we] having several children who make them year after year. I hope the sale will raise lots of funds so that we can provide the amazing students and faculty at Cazenovia with events, activities, and anything the PTSA might need.

McCrink said the idea for the holiday sale grew out of a 2021 fundraiser that helped support improvements to the Burton Street rink.

“I took a photo of the Cazenovia varsity hockey team practicing [and] then made a pillow for rink manager Mark Costello,” McCrink said. “Once the parents saw it, they wanted one, which made me think, and just how much money could be raised for repairs and updates.”

The holiday fundraiser will support PTSA programs, which support all aspects of the high school community (grades 8-12).

Cazenovia Central School District is a member of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), America’s oldest and largest children’s advocacy group.

According to the district’s website, the mission of Cazenovia’s elementary, middle and high school PTA programs is “to support and speak on behalf of children and youth in schools, to help parents develop the skills they need to nurture and protect their children, and encourage parental and public participation in public schools.

“With the funds raised, we can fund our scholarships and sponsorships, teacher appreciation events, and bring in guest speakers for students and families,” Benedict said. “We also have a few student engagement activities planned for the year, such as a badminton tournament, competitions for the holidays and a game night in the spring. . . Everything the Cazenovia HS PTSA does is to support the school and to make [it] a positive and nurturing environment for all members. The PTSA is made up of very dedicated and busy volunteers. We are busy providing high school activities throughout the year, but PTSA members also serve on a number of school-wide and district-wide committees, which puts the PTSA in the stand up for students, teachers and families.

For more information about the PTSA, visit the Parent-Teacher-Student Association page on the district’s website at and follow the organization on Facebook and Instagram at @cazhsptsa.

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