OURAY – Enjoy a delicious plate of made-to-order pasta and support a great cause at the Ouray School’s Parents and Teachers Working Together sixth annual Holiday Pasta Bar, coming up next Wednesday, Nov. 28. This festive annual event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ouray Community Center. Cost is $30 per family or $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and children under 12.
Proceeds go towards sending Ouray’s elementary teachers to a reading conference, and purchasing extra school materials beyond those funded by taxpayers.
The role of PATT in the Ouray schools has become more crucial in recent years, as state funds for public education have been reduced. Each year, the organization gives Ouray’s middle school and elementary teachers $100 to spend at their discretion on classroom “stuff” that isn’t otherwise covered in the school budget. These items can range from extra sticky-notes and dry-erase markers to computer software and science supplies.
“Teachers can also give us requests for classroom items they want, like a document camera” to project pages of a book on the wall, said PATT President Katie Link.
PATT has purchased two document cameras for the school in the recent past, as well ascots and beanbag chairs to make the kindergarten room more cozy and inviting.
“It’s stuff they need for their classroom, to make it a better environment, but wouldn’t fall under what the school budget could afford,” Link explained. “The whole idea is so the teachers aren’t taking that money out of their own pocket to get these things. They really appreciate it.”
Several years ago, PATT raised funds to remodel the elementary school’s Literacy Closet, and bought books to supplement the Everyday Math program. And students are thrilled with PATT’s recent donation of several Kindles for the school library. “They have a waiting list for who gets to check out the Kindles,” Link said. “It’s a big deal.”
The annual Holiday Pasta Bar is PATT’s big fundraiser of the year, and usually raises between $1,500 and $2,000.
“Our real objective is for it to be a community event, a way to gather and celebrate what our teachers do,” Link said.
“Celebrity” chefs will be on hand at three different stations to make your pasta just the way you want it, with pesto sauce, al fredo or marinara and a choice of meats and toppings. Several different types of pasta will be available, as well as spaghetti squash as a pasta alternative.
The dinner includes salad, bread sticks, beverage and dessert. There will also be a silent auction of holiday goodies, including Diann Correll’s famous chocolate cake and Di Rushing’s chocolate pecan pie.
“All the ingredients have been donated by local businesses,” Link said. Additionally, the Ouray City Council has agreed to waive the fee for the use of the Ouray Community Center for this year’s event, so almost all proceeds from the dinner will go directly back to the school.