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Ox Ridge Elementary In Darien Holding 'Big Night In' Fundraiser

Ox Ridge Elementary Fundraising Co-Chairs Linda Costello and Kate Kaplan take orders for this years "Big Night In" Game buckets. Parents won't have to leave the house and will get to spend time with their children to help raise money for the school.
Ox Ridge Elementary Fundraising Co-Chairs Linda Costello and Kate Kaplan take orders for this years "Big Night In" Game buckets. Parents won't have to leave the house and will get to spend time with their children to help raise money for the school. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. – Ox Ridge Elementary School’s “Big Night In” game night and fundraising event will take place Friday, Oct. 9.

Recognizing the importance of family time, co-chairs Kate Kaplan and Linda Costello created a night to stay-at-home with the kids while giving back to the Darien school.

Parents purchase a "Big Night In" kit through Ox Ridge's PTO, which contains a set of customized Ox Ridge playing cards, a set of dice, a game instruction booklet, snacks and food gift certificates for take-out from Planet Pizza and Chocolate Works.

The games, packaged in a reusable popcorn bucket, will be delivered to students classrooms Oct. 9 just in time for the school's "Big Night In." The class with the highest level of participation will win a class party and receive new games for the classroom.

"There doesn't seem to be one Fall weekend when there isn't a fundraising event to attend," said Kaplan. "So, we decided to create one where you didn't need to dress up or hire a babysitter."

The money collected will enable Ox Ridge PTO to fund the schools enrichment programs, such as field trips, author visits and curriculum extras, which cost about $110 per student.

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