Kansas Parents Fear End Of Bingo Fundraisers

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Some parents at a Wichita school fear their annual bingo-night fundraiser will be canceled, after district officials reminded them that state law forbids pay-to-play bingo.

However, a president of a parent-teacher group says there's hope the bingo fundraiser may still be held if it's on a donation basis.

The Wichita Eagle reports the group raised more than $5,000 at a bingo night earlier this year. The money went toward copy machines, classroom supplies and field trips for Peterson Elementary School.

In May, district officials sent a note to principals to clarify bingo rules. It said events where people have to pay entrance fees, pay to play the game and offer prizes only to winners aren't allowed. But they said events where admission and bingo cards are free are OK.

Posted by Greg Palmer

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