What do flapjacks and snow have in common? A snow date. Even if we didn't get a chance to experience the snowstorm originally predicted by weather forecasters two weeks ago, Oswegatchie Elementary School's pancake fundraiser committee felt the effects of a messy snowstorm.
Every event organizer's nightmare is having to re-plan and re-coordinate at the last minute. It takes weeks to line up enough volunteers willing to set up, make batter, pour and flip pancakes and clean up. Would they still be available on the new date? It takes many hours to revise, reprint and re-post event announcements and flyers around town. Would the local businesses who kindly agreed to hang the school's flyers still be willing to post them? Will the general public notice the new date on the signs or has the message worn out?
As a result, Oswegatchie Elementary school rescheduled their pancake fundraiser to this coming Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8:30 a.m. All is in place. Volunteers are secured. All flyers are re-posted.
And then, another surprise. A competing pancake fundraiser on the very same morning, at Great Neck Elementary? What were the odds? They were stacked, just like the pancakes.
Because my third grader attends Oswegatchie, of course my hope is that our school's pancake fundraiser is a success. Proceeds from the event will support needed after-school programs and enrichment activities. But I heartily applaud all community fundraising volunteers around town who are supporting worthwhile causes. Your dedication and hard work are very much appreciated.
This is the opinion of Armi Rowe.