— Casandra Sosa is on a mission.
"There are not enough parents who know what PTA does," said Sosa, treasurer of the Robert D. Wilson Elementary PTA.
In just her first year with the group, Sosa said her eyes were opened very widely when she saw how much time it took and how few people are involved.
With that, she decided to take the bull by the horns.
"I came up with a fundraiser idea," said Sosa.
The idea was to ask anyone in the community to come out to an event scheduled for this Sunday at the school.
The event is open to the public and Sosa is especially encouraging parents, grandparents and family members of students at the school to participate.
It will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a lot of activities are on tap.
She said there will be carnival games, a jumping house, a 40-foot inflatable obstacle course and many other activities for people of all ages. All of the children who participate will go home with the prize.
There will also be concessions available to everyone for no charge.
Sosa said they are encouraging entire families to come to the event and they will make "teams," so everyone can participate in the many activities.
"We want to introduce everyone to what we do," said Sosa.
The PTA group at the school is very active, she said.
They conduct various events throughout the school year, including the "February Fling" and the "Discovery Day" toward the end of the school year.
In addition, the PTA funds all field trips departing from Wilson Elementary, which has students from pre-K to fifth grade.
The bottom line for Sosa is getting out the word and seeing if more people will find an interest with PTA.
"We want to get more people involved," she said.
Sosa referred to the phrase, "It takes a village to raise a child," and she said that is a fact.
That's where the PTA can help, said Sosa.
"This group works very hard all year long," said Sosa.
She said the group also sells books at book fairs to raise money and they are hoping to be able to allow all children at the school to have a book to take home at no charge.
Sosa also praised the teachers at the school.
"They have been very supportive," said Sosa. "They work with us very closely."
She said many of the teachers take time out of their day to help the PTA members with projects and helping out with events.
"We utilize any help they can give," said Sosa.
She also said they are still looking for volunteers to help out with the event this Sunday. You can call Sosa at 647-0879 to volunteer or to get more information.
The fund-raising aspect of the event this Saturday will be a home run derby scheduled to start at 4:15 p.m.
The event is open to anyone 13 years of age and older. There is a $10 fee to enter and that money goes to the PTA for the many projects they fund throughout the year.
Sosa said there will be cash prizes in the various age groups as well as trophies and gift certificates.