Jones staff shines in fundraising efforts

By Andy Winemiller -

Staff at Jones Intermediate School outperformed their colleagues in the school district competition, raising more than $1,500 for the United Fund.

Staff members were treated to a luncheon for their efforts, courtesy of the Mount Airy City Schools central office.

Members of faculty and staff from throughout the school district took part in helping the United Fund of Surry in its current fundraising campaign.

Christina Plitt, the fund’s executive director, said United Fund’s attempts to raise $450,000 began in August and will conclude in March. As of Friday, the fund had raised about $405,000.

Plitt said the donation of the school district’s staff exceeded that of the year prior, which was about $3,800. The contribution from Jones was an especially impressive feat since the donation is more than double what the staff members at the school were able to raise in the 2015-2016 fundraising year.

“I think the people who work in our schools are already giving back to the community, so it’s impressive that they are so giving to these charities,” said Plitt.

Carrie Venable, the school district’s public information officer, noted staff at Jones raised $1,550 toward the district’s contribution to the United Fund. The amount exceeded the goal set by staff members at that school by more than $300.

The members of the Mount Airy Board of Education served the staff at Jones their much-deserved lunch from 13 Bones on Friday, according to Venable.

Mount Airy Schools superintendent Dr. Kim Morrison indicated she was proud of the district’s faculty and staff.

“We are very proud of all of the Mount Airy City Schools staff for their increase over last year in giving to the United Fund,” remarked Morrison. “We are especially proud of Jones Intermediate which had a large percentage of their staff give to meet a goal of $1,200. This was almost double what the staff was able to give last year and shows our commitment to serve our community.”

Plitt noted the fund provides financial support to 25 local non-profit organizations.