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Newton Centre, MA. 02459
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Raffle Baskets

Raffle Baskets

Buy Raffle Tickets Now!

Here are the steps for buying tickets:

  • Look through the Raffle Basket booklet by clicking here.
  • Determine how many tickets you want to purchase.  Tickets are $2 each; $5 for 3; $25 for a sheet of 15. Print additional ticket pages here.
  • Write your child’s name and the basket or excursion number on each ticket. Cut up the tickets page into individual tickets.
  • Put tickets and $ in an envelope (cash or check payable to Mason-Rice PTO).
  • Put the envelope in the decorated box on the raffle basket table in the Mason-Rice foyer. DO NOT put money or tickets for raffle into any PTO drawers.


Background on Raffle Baskets

Raffle Baskets is the third largest fundraiser for the PTO and the one most enjoyed by the kids! 

What’s Involved:  Each classroom is asked to put together a basket of goodies based on a theme that is chosen by the teacher and the children in the classroom. Room parents then contact the parents to request that they donate an item or items based on that theme, costing between $5 and $10, to include in the basket. The basket should focus on items for kids, geared toward elementary age children.  When the baskets are completed, they are wrapped and displayed in the lobby for the children to see.  Kids can then purchase raffle tickets for whatever basket or baskets they want.  At the end of the raffle basket period, winners for each basket are selected by a random drawing of names from a hat.

Class themes for 2017 are listed below. All donations (value $5-10) are voluntary.  All donations can be dropped off in your child’s classroom by April 28.

In addition, this year was are adding one Raffle Basket to benefit Maureen Cahoon’s Retirement Celebration. We would love parent help in honoring our beloved crossing guard, Maureen Calhoon, who will be retiring at the end of this year after forty-one years.  We are asking families to consider making a voluntary contribution to a raffle basket themed: “Taste of Newton.”  This basket will be raffled as part of our larger raffle basket fundraiser in May.  All proceeds from tickets purchased for this basket will be used to offset expenses for Maureen’s retirement party.

If you would like to contribute a Taste of Newton item – gift cards or other things that might align with the “Taste of Newton” theme – or cash toward items for the basket, please leave it in the “Taste of Newton” drawer in the front lobby.  Please make sure to clearly label it as “Taste of Newton.”  Checks can be made out to Kim Thurmond.  Any questions please contact Kim at kim.thurmond@gmail.com.

2017 Class Raffle Basket Themes


London – Amazing Animals
Pratt – Kinder-gardening
Turgeon – Collectibles (Pokemon, Shopkins)

Grade 2

Ceglia – Beanie Boos
Jones – Word Games
Svendsen – Let’s Travel!
Thayer – Minecraft

Grade 4

Haake – Day at the Beach
Lencer – Science Fair
McManama – Gift Cards
Page – Fun with Cooking and Baking!

Grade 1

Devaney – Family Game Night
Flynn – Legos
McGrath – Art and Mindfulness
Murray/Lam – Math Mania

Grade 3

Atkinson – Movie Night!
Kelleher – Breathtaking Books!
Methven – Crazy for Candy
Morrall – Sports

Grade 5

Hyder – Mystery Basket
Liu – Rainy Day Survival Kit
Mahoney – Pranks and Jokes

Kids Raffle Basket Key Dates:

APRIL 28: All items due in the classroom.  The baskets will be collected and wrapped.

MAY 3: Basket Details will be sent home.  The baskets will be put on display in the school lobby. Each family will receive a raffle booklet listing each basket and the content of each basket, as well as other raffle items such as excursions with teachers.

MAY 3: Raffle Tickets go on sale.  Raffle tickets will be printed in booklet and can be filled out and returned to the M-R Kids Raffle Basket box in the front lobby of school.  To print out additional Raffle Tickets, click here.

MAY 9 at 6pm: Raffle Tickets Sales End. Raffle tickets must be received no later than this date and time.

MAY 12: Raffle Winners Announced. Winners list will be communicated via email. Raffle baskets can be taken home that day.

Thank you for contributing to the raffle baskets, and for making this fundraiser fun and successful. For more information, contact the Raffle Basket coordinators.

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