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While I love every Noblesville school that my 12-year-old daughter has attended, I must say that North Elementary has always been close to my heart.

It’s where my daughter attended her kindergarten year and, after redistricting a couple of times, returned for her third-, fourth- and fifth-grade years.

We loved the teachers, the principals and the programs in which she participated. She played in music teacher Janine Krent’s fourth-grade hand chimes choir and gained broadcast experience as a news anchor, live streamer, videographer and director for the school’s daily morning news broadcast her fifth-grade year, the same school year that we were blessed with co-teachers Melissa Jones and Dave Kimmel. And for two years before that, our wonderful teacher Ginger Jimenez looped with her third- and fourth-grade classes.

At North, we enjoyed our annual school carnival, North Fun Run, Grandparents’ Day, Field Day, Family Fun Night, ice cream socials and field trips to Russell Farms, Conner Prairie, Strawtown Koteewi Park and Taylor Center of Natural History, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana Historical Society, Cincinnati Reds Stadium, Newport Aquarium and more.

So when I heard about a new fundraiser for North Elementary, I wanted to know more and to share it with our Times readers.

Savor Noblesville is a new indoor food experience set for on Feb. 28 at Mill Top Banquet and Conference Center in Noblesville.

The event will sell 300 tickets to sample food and libations from more than 25 vendors from the community.

North Elementary principal Rob Lugo is on the fundraiser’s steering committee, along with other North Elementary staff, Noblesville Schools district staff and the Fields family.

“We have been looking for ways to fundraise for our school that would take some of the burden off our parents,” Lugo said. “We wanted a way to meet our needs and allow our families to enjoy PTO celebrations without worrying so much about associated costs.”

I know from the moment that he arrived at North, while we were there, Lugo was all about the students, about making sure that every one of them could go on field trips, even if they couldn’t afford it. And safety has always been his top concern, too, keeping students in their assigned seats at lunch, from the day he arrived, so he would know immediately that he could account for all students.

North Elementary, Noblesville Schools’ oldest elementary, has a culturally rich and diverse student body. Financial assistance is provided to nearly 40 percent of North students for meals, school supplies, and book rental.

Lugo is thrilled about this new fundraiser. 

“One of our North teachers approached me about the possibility of creating a fundraising event that was community based,” he said. “Savor Noblesville became the result.”

Thanks to the potential fundraising dollars expected from Savor Noblesville, the school has already eliminated the need to charge for its Father/Daughter and Mother/Son events.

“Our hope is if Savor is successful enough in the community, it will also replace parent fundraising at events like our school carnival. That way students and parents could attend the carnival without financial worry and just focus on the fun.”

It’s obvious from the number of sponsors and vendors that more than a steering committee has done work for this food, drink and auction experience, which will be emceed by Kristi Lee of Q95 Radio.

“Our North teachers have also been hard at work supporting the planning, including gathering vendors, sponsors and much more,” Lugo said.

North PTO is in charge of the silent auction, which will also be available to online users.

Lugo said the fundraising goal is $8,000, which will go to fund classroom supplies, PTO events, field trips and other PTO activities.

While the fundraiser benefits the elementary, only those ages 21 and older will be admitted.

So find a sitter now for this awesome event that’s set for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Mill Top Banquet and Conference Center, 802 Mulberry St., Noblesville. Tickets are $30. Visit https://savornoblesville.com.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com