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Super heroes and princesses planning special visit to Massena to benefit nursery school

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MASSENA - Batman, Spider-Man, Cinderella, Snow White and Belle will be taking a moment from their busy schedules to visit the area and help raise funds for the Massena Nursery School.

Nursery School Board President Renee M. Barto said while the school has had visits from celebrity characters for its annual Kidsfest, this is the first time they’ve ever invited their famous friends for a meal.

“This is our first time doing this,” she said, adding that the school, which receives no government funding is still struggling financially.

“We’re doing this as a fundraiser because obviously we’re still struggling,” she said.

To help turn things around for the school, which has been a staple in the community for more than 50 years, Ms. Barto said the school is trying some different fundraisers.

“We’re trying to do some different things and get the community more involved,” she said, adding children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite super hero, princess or other character.

Each child attending the breakfast on March 8 will have the opportunity to pose for a photo with any characters they choose, and even take home a special gift, but Ms. Barto said she would like to remind parents to bring their own cameras.

Breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Massena Elks Lodge. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under and $20 for a family of five.

The meal will be served buffet-style and includes eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, muffins, orange juice, coffee and tea. A silent auction will also be held.

Those unable to attend the breakfast may also contribute to the school through a page it established on youcaring.com.

The website allows organization to collect donation online free of charge.

“Massena Nursery School has been an institution in Massena for over 50 years, and has educated thousands of young minds. This school has impacted almost everyone in this community in some way. Now is the time to give back in the school’s time of need. Please generously give to help keep our doors open,” reads the profile on the school’s YouCaring page.

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