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School fundraiser flamingos spot Richmond neighborhood

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Have you seen some plastic flamingos in the yards in your neighborhood? The PTA from Fisher Elementary School is using the lawn art to make sure their kids have supplies in school.

The "Think Flamingo" is the mascot at the school and it's now making its way around town.

"Everybody wants them in their yard," said Sydney Lyons, the PTA Fundraising Chair. 

"It's just really cool having a flamingo in your yard!" added her daughter, Hannah who is a 3rd grader at the school.

The birds were a fundraising idea from the School's PTA. Families pay to adopt a bird and then display it in the yard. The money goes straight to teachers and the classrooms.

"Every year they reimburse teachers for things they have to buy for their classrooms out of pocket," said Margi Roseberry, Kindergarten Teacher and parent. 

Teachers say money doesn't come easily to this school, but that it's vital to giving these student she tools they need.

"We have a great PTA but our parents have more time to volunteer than they do money, so we need a lot of fundraiser's to sort of fill the funding gap," said Roseberry.

And the participants say this is bigger than just a fundraiser! When you see these flamingos in a yard, it shows that you support Fisher Elementary, a school that almost closed this year.

"There was a good nine months where we didn't know if it would stay open or not," said Lyons.

We're told the birds have only been on sale a week- but they are already a hot item. And perhaps more importantly, they are raising money for classroom supplies and special training for the school's teachers.

"It's just really cool how you can tell you're in Fisher and you're proud of it," said Hannah.

Money raised from the flamingos will be used for teacher training and classroom supplies. To adopt a flamingo, check out the school's facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/jbfisherelementary

One flamingo can be adopted for $8. Two can be adopted for $12.  

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