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Buying Cookies Means Helping Schools in Ardsley

ARDSLEY, N.Y. – The Ardsley PTA's second annual cookie dough fundraiser has quickly become a success. With choices like chocolate chip, snicker-doodle and oatmeal raisin, families have placed their orders for their favorite cookies while also helping the schools raise funds.

"We use the funds to enrich the curriculum that we have at all three schools," said Meeghan Prunty Edelstein, Ardsley PTA's vice-president of communications. "We do things throughout the year based on teacher requests, parent requests or things that we think would be valuable for the students."

Last year, the fundraiser earned the school $3,200, said Wendy Wells, member of the PTA, who partnered with Delisheries and Otis Spunkmeyer, two cookie companies.

"It was a very successful fundraising effort for us," said the PTA's Joanna Nudelman. "It allows us to find other programming at the schools and it was one of our top fundraisers of the year. The school-wide community really embraced and got excited about it. We were really surprised that the community responded so positively."

The idea to sell frozen cookie dough became a very popular success because parents are purchasing something that they need while also supporting the schools, Edelstein said.

"It's really easy, the cookies are pre-formed," she said. "So when you suddenly end up with an unexpected play date with a bunch of kids, you can whip out one of those. It's the handiest thing."

The frozen cookie dough must be picked up on Feb. 9 between 4 and 8 p.m. at Concord Road Elementary School. Nut-free and gluten-free options are also available. The dough that is not picked up will be donated to Children's Village.

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