Sarah Jessica Parker helps boost fund-raising drive for New York public schools

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2004

NEW YORK (AP) A drive to raise funds for public schools got a boost from ''Sex and the City'' star Sarah Jessica Parker, who joined Caroline Kennedy and other officials in announcing plans for a huge tag sale in Central Park.

Proceeds from the Get Organized New York tag sale, scheduled for Oct. 16-17 in the park's Rumsey Playfield, will go to the nonprofit Fund for Public Schools.

''Get Organized New York is a creative initiative to help city schools,'' Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement Tuesday. ''Improving education for our 1.1 million schoolchildren is vital to our city's future.''

''I encourage all New Yorkers to take some time over the next few months gathering items from their homes and offices, and to come to Central Park in October to look for bargains and help our city schools,'' the mayor said.

As part of the fund-raising drive, a benefit on Oct. 13 will feature more than 250 silent auction items and 10 fantasy auction packages donated by celebrities and New York business leaders.

Bloomberg was joined in the park for the announcement by Parker, Kennedy, the chief executive officer of the Office of Strategic Partnerships, and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein.

Kennedy said funds from the event would go toward school library improvements and after-school sports programs.

Parker, who is married to actor Matthew Broderick and the mother of 18-month-old James, said she wants to send her son to public school.

''It is my every intention to send this son, and hopefully many more children, to public schools,'' said Parker in Wednesday's editions of the New York Post.

The public can begin making donations for the tag sale starting in September.

Drop-off sites and neighborhood pickups will be established throughout the city.

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