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12,456 Krispy Kreme doughnuts sold

February 19, 2002|By STEFANIE GREENBERG, Staff Writer

The Imperial Valley Center for Exceptional Children recently sold 12,456 Krispy Kreme doughnuts as a fund raiser for the school.

IVCEC Principal Coordinator John Caltagirone rented a 24-foot truck to pick up the order at the El Cajon Krispy Kreme. Doughnuts were taken directly off the assembly line, boxed and then placed directly into the truck.

The loading of doughnuts was completed in El Cajon about 1:30 a.m. and the truck was driven directly to The Plunge in El Centro for distribution beginning at 6 a.m. on Valentine's Day.

The parent teacher organization planned the doughnut sale to raise money for continuing work with the students.

"The doughnut sale was the brainchild of a few parents and it grew rapidly." said Kurt Leptich, teacher of the severely handicapped at the center and a coordinator for the fund raiser.

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"The entire student population, parents and staff became involved in a very short period of time. Students were used to sort the piles of orders and to paint signs. Parents and staff spread the word using an order form. Principal Caltagirone coordinated the pickup effort at Krispy Kreme in San Diego."

Caltagirone said the fund-raising effort was successful.

"The money will be used to support the program for children with severe handicapping conditions — it will allow us to provide activities that would otherwise be impossible such as extracurricular events, field trips, etc."

Although there is no planned date for another Krispy Kreme fund raiser, both Leptich and Caltagirone said they would like to see another in the future.

"We would do this again because the time and effort will benefit the children," said Caltagirone.

The center serves kindergarten through 12th-grade children with disabilities. Classrooms at the school are populated by special needs kids with disabilities that include autism, mental retardation and orthopedic impairments. Staff include five full-time teachers, four speech/language therapists, 31 instruction assistants and eight full-time staff members.

Students from the school are transported from every city in the Imperial Valley.

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