Clown Around

It’s time to Clown Around!

September 29, 2018   •   10am – 2pm
Barrington Elementary School Playground

Greetings Barrington families, friends, and supporters!
It is time to start Clowning Around to help raise money for our ONLY fundraiser this year, where families and local businesses come together to support our children’s education.

This year we have added many new and exciting fun events and activities.  We will have various inflatable bounce house and obstacle courses for all ages, carnival games, face painting, balloon twisting, appearances by Police and Fire Units, a Teddy Bear clinic and more.  Most importantly we will have a dunk tank to give our principal and teachers a refreshing start to the year.

Clown Around is a day for local families, friends and students to have fun at their school while raising important funds to enrich the learning environment with tools not covered by the regular school district budget.  One hundred percent of the proceeds directly benefit our amazing students.  In the past, these PTO funds have supported STEM and Maker equipment, specialized learning furniture for the media center, playground equipment, and musical instruments.

There are many ways you can help make the event a success!
1) Become a Family Sponsor by making a tax-deductible monetary donation

We have 6 sponsorship levels for every budget.  We added many options, making sponsorship more awarding, including free punch cards, raffle tickets, free food, drink and ice cream.

As a special recognition for our highest-level sponsors, we will dedicate trees  planted in the new outdoor learning courtyard with dedicated or shared plaques to contributing families.  This is an amazing way for you or an entire class to leave your legacy for future generations.

For details on becoming a family sponsor, click HERE, or contact Steve Andersson at

To purchase a Family Sponsorship on-line, click HERE

2)  Come to Clown Around and have fun!

There are 3 easy way to purchase $20 punch cards to participate in fun games, activities, to purchase food and to win prizes through games and raffles!

  • Pre-purchase punch cards online by clicking HERE  – pick up at will call.
  • Pre-purchase punch cards at Stop, Drop and Go – September 27th and 28th.  Before and After School
  • Purchase day of punch cards from ticket booths on site.
3) Buy raffle tickets day of the event to win one of our amazing raffle prizes.

More Details on prizes will be available soon.  Winners will be drawn at the event!

4) Bake or buy treats for the popular cake-walk game.

Donations can be dropped off at set up on Friday, September 28th from 6pm – 7:30pm at the Barrington cafeteria,
or on the day of Clown Around at 9:00am at the Cake Walk game.   Please sign up to bring Cake Walk treats HERE.

Contact Julie Zogbaum at for more information.

5) Consider volunteering for one or more shifts at Clown Around.

Volunteers day-of event are CRITICAL for the event’s success!  The class with the most parent volunteers will win a classroom prize.   Middle school and high school volunteers will receive service hours.

  • To sign up as a student volunteer, please click HERE.
  • To sign up as an adult volunteer, please click HERE.
 6) Donate items or money to support the class baskets   

Class baskets are used to raise money in the silent auction.   Please see the communication from your room parent to sign up!

7)  NEW: Bid for amazing gifts and experience baskets in our online pre-event auction starting Monday September 17th at 6am and closing September 24th at 5pm 

This year we have a pre event on-line silent auction that will last for a week – there are also some instant purchases so make sure you log-on early as these fun experiences will not last!

By using an on-line platform you will be notified by e-mail anytime someone outbids you.

The link is

You can view the auction by going to the above link and do not need to create an account until you decide to bid on an item.

We will be using this same platform at Clown Around for our class baskets so if you create an account now you won’t need to later.   If you have any questions regarding the on-line auction please e-mail

8) Become a Corporate Sponsor

Various sponsorship levels are available.  Corporate sponsors will receive recognition on the PTO website, sign on school property at least 2 weeks prior to the event and during the event, recognition on social media, and live anouncements at the event as well as punch cards and benefits at the event.  There are amble game and activity sponsors available where your corporate logo will be displayed at the event next to that activity.  To view the corporate sponsorship opportunites and become a corporate sponsor, Click HERE.

Thank you for all the ways you support Barrington and the PTO!

We could not make this a success without all your efforts!  Lets have some fun and clown around!!

Clown Around Committee Chairs

Nichole Kendell & Sven Bergmann