Cicero The girls’ junior varsity tennis team was cut from the North Syracuse Central School District’s 2013-14 budget, but that wasn’t the end of the team.
With the help of the North Syracuse Education Foundation (NSEF), the team was able to raise enough money on their own to be reinstated last season. They’re looking to do the same for the 2014-15 school year.
Jackie Forte is in charge of a group of parents working to raise money for the team.
“Teachers aren’t allowed to fundraise, so parents and students need to do it,” Forte said. “I’m helping to organize the parents and the players, along with the coaches.”
Forte said the tennis program was one of a number of programs cut in the 2013-14 budget.
“Any of the programs cut two years ago remain cut this year, and they probably will for quite a while,” she said. “Although the district would like to bring them back, without an increase in state funding, it’s not going to happen.”
The team’s major fundraiser, a carnival, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Cicero-North Syracuse High School on Route 31. Forte said there will be a schedule of activities broken up by age group as follows:
9 to 11 a.m. Tiny tots (ages 4 through 8)
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shot takers (ages 8 through 12)
1 to 3 p.m. Shot makers (juniors ages 12 and up)
3 to 5 p.m. Adults (18 and over)
The fundraiser also includes a bake sale, gift baskets to be raffled off and a garage sale. There is no rain date, so the carnival will go on, rain or shine. All funds raised with benefit the team.
“The money we raise will go toward reinstating this year’s program,” Forte said. “Any extra will go towards supplementing next year’s program, because we anticipate this will be a problem again next year.”