Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary will hold a ribbon-cutting event at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 15 to unveil and celebrate the school’s new marquee.

The school’s events coordinator Trisha Hernandez said the school has been holding fundraising events for years as part of the “Marquee by May” program.

“The PE department held a fun run several years ago,” Hernandez said. “There were previous funds in the Parent Teacher Student Association from years of fundraising for the school. Last year in early 2022, we started a hard pitch for the marquee through various fundraising events all under the heading of ‘Marquee by May.’ These events include: Family/Spirit nights at restaurants around town (Panda Express, Chick-fil-A, Red Robin, Chill Zone and Pizza 9), a silent auction at our Spring Carnival, Savers FUNDrive, Read-A-Thon, and our gifted students submitted a video to the Woodmen Life ‘America Is’ contest and won third place. These students donated the award to the Marquee by May campaign.”

All those events helped “Marquee by May” become a success, and the school will show off its new digital LED marquee well ahead of the time frame set for the fundraiser.

Hernandez said she worked with Christi Erben, treasurer for the MLK PTSA, to bring together previous fundraising groups/efforts and create new fundraising events in order to meet the goal for the purchase of the new marquee.

“We have finally seen this dream come to fruition,” Hernandez said.