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Moms Volunteer to Do Their Part at PTA Jobs Fair

LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Stephanie Basta marked her 10th year working with the Murray Avenue School PTA at Friday's volunteer fair, where she signed up for this year's back sale.

Basta has been volunteering her time with various PTA committees since her daughter Natalie, 14, was a kindergartener.

"I think it's important to support PTA activities," said Basta, whose son Andrew, 9, is in fourth grade. "I think it enhances the student experience at school. Things like the bake sale wouldn't happen without all of the parents."

The bake sale, which will be held Nov. 16, is one of 46 committees at Murray Avenue School, said Liz Paras, co-president of the PTA. Parents make baked goods and solicit donations from businesses, such as Village Square, Village Bagels, Cafe Aroma, Stop and Shop and Dunkin Donuts.

"It's a big thing for the kids during lunch time," said Donna Indellicate, one of four co-chairs for the bake sale.

Sophie Dassesse-Cowles also signed up for the bake sale, and plans to make soup and crepes to offer kids a healthy, home-made option. Dassesse-Cowles, who does the directory for the school, contributed her soup to last year's bake sale as well.

While Basta has been a part of the PTA for 10 years, Itai Shoffman has only lived in Larchmont for three weeks. The mother of two jumped in right away, signing up for the art appreciation committee. Shoffman, and all participating parents, will make a one-hour volunteer presentation to her daughter's kindergarten class on one of three artisitic styles: African Textile Art will be Oct. 14 at 9 a.m., Decorative Arts of the Middle East will be Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. and Australian Aboriginal Art will be March 30 at 9 a.m.

Following the volunteer fair, the PTA held a 9:15 a.m. business meeting, where Annie Ward, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, presented an analysis of the third through eighth grade state exam resutls .

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