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“WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL”
Maitland, FL. --(August 15, 2001) —  Just as “schools out for the summer,” the City of Maitland is planning an ice skating party to welcome our children back to school at the end of this summer.  

RDV Sportsplex Ice Den and Florida Power Corporation, together with the City of Maitland, are hosting a “Welcome Back to School” Ice Skating Party on Thursday, August 23rd from 6 to 9 pm at RDV Sportsplex Ice Den in Maitland.  Using both the Olympic and IHL sized ice rinks at RDV Sportsplex Ice Den, the event will not only cool off kids during the heat of August, but also will be a fundraiser for the various PTA organizations at schools serving Maitland’s children.

“This community-wide party is going to be a fun time.  The Maitland Police Department, assisted by the Maitland Men’s Club, and City Staff Members will grill hot dogs and hamburgers.  The Maitland Fire Department will display fire fighting and life rescue equipment.  There will be various games, such as a moonwalk, for younger children, and a DJ spinning tunes,” said Maitland City Councilman Tom Holley.  “Bring the whole family – there is no entrance fee unless you’re ice skating -- and enjoy a night out.”  The food, games, and DJ will be located in the outside courtyard at RDV Sportsplex, and entrance to that area will be free of charge.  Only those who wish to ice skate will be charged $5 for admission and skate rental.

Thanks to the generosity of RDV Sportsplex Ice Den, PTAs of each school will receive all of the money raised from the charges for ice-skating.  When a student purchases a $5 ticket to ice skate, which includes skate rental, the entire $5 will be returned to the PTA of the school, which that student attends.   “We are having each student identify his/her school when she/he purchases the $5 ice skating ticket, and based on that, money will flow back to the PTAs,” said Tonya Elliott, the City of Maitland public information officer.  Additionally, the Maitland Men’s Club has agreed to donate the profits from the sale of hot dogs and hamburgers to the PTAs, according to Jim Houser, President of the Maitland Men’s Club.
 
In conjunction with the ice skating party, the Maitland Historical Society will hold a raffle with prizes donated by various Central Florida businesses.  Already, the new Embassy Suites Downtown Orlando has donated a weekend stay.  The Maitland Rotary Club will help clean up after the event.  Several Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops will be holding bake sales to provide desserts for the crowd.


The City has invited students and friends of Maitland Middle School, Dommerich Elementary and Lake Sybelia Elementary schools, Hebrew Day School, The Park Maitland School, Orangewood Presbyterian School, St. Margaret Mary and St. Mary Magdalen Catholic schools, Maitland Montessori School, The Summit Charter School and the Geneva School.  “An organizing committee comprised of two parents from each school will help in the planning and organization of the event, “ commented Ms. Elliott.  “  They will also help get the flyers home in the backpacks at the schools and pre-sell ice skating tickets.  Over 5,000 children attend these schools, and we are excited about a big turnout of students, friends, and their families.”

Event sponsors RDV Sportsplex Ice Den, Florida Power Corporation, and the City of Maitland are paying the costs of the event.  “We’re fortunate to have such positive corporate sponsors in Maitland.  Our partnership with Maitland’s business community is one of the keys to the Maitland success story,” said Councilman Holley.

    
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For More Information:
Tonya Elliott, Public Relations Representative, (407) 539-0320




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