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High school consolidates fundraising efforts

The yearly fundraising onslaught from 34 different Superior High School groups is a thing of the past. Beginning this fall, SHS fundraising will be a consolidated effort, with each group benefiting from the same four or five fundraisers. Superior...

The yearly fundraising onslaught from 34 different Superior High School groups is a thing of the past.

Beginning this fall, SHS fundraising will be a consolidated effort, with each group benefiting from the same four or five fundraisers. Superior School Board members heard a presentation Tuesday from Ray Kosey, activities director.

Kosey found that businesses would rather give one time, and that too much time was spent by students selling.

"And a concern was the amount the community is hit up by us selling products door to door," he said.

Each team or group will draw from the same pot of money. Scheduled fundraisers for fall include a Sept. 16 golf tournament which businesses will be asked to sponsor, and the sale of "gold cards," which give cardholders discounts with local establishments. This winter, students will sell restaurant coupon books. A Superior/Douglas County Hall of Fame banquet and fundraiser is planned for June.

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Groups that want to do their own fundraiser must fill out a form and have it approved, and must stick to certain guidelines.

"You can't sell a product or solicit a business," Kosey said. "You can do a youth camp or clinic, or a community service event. Do things that give back a bit."

Kosey hopes to raise between $70,000 and $100,000, and said the gold cards could raise $20,000 with all fall activities participating.

Fundraising is important, Kosey said, because the school budget doesn't cover all co-curricular expenses. Money is needed for new uniforms, outfield fences in the new softball fields, a soccer scoreboard and travel expenses for clubs that go to national competitions.

"Coaches and kids are working together," Kosey said. "It's no more, 'well this program gets this, we don't get this' type thing. We're hoping to balance things out."

Some fundraisers, such as sports calendars, program wraps, the hockey team's pancake breakfast, FBLA fashion show, Acoustic Cafe, Battle of the Bands and the Runway Extravaganza, will remain.

A committee will decide what amounts of money activities and teams receive.

Board President Dave Tunell wanted to ensure enough money would remain for spring sports.

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Because three of the major fundraisers will occur before Christmas, it shouldn't be a problem, Kosey said, adding that some things needed to be purchased right away, but the account will be managed conservatively.

In other business:

  • Parents concerns about having to purchase more than one warmup suit when students participate in more than one activity has been addressed. Now the same warmup ensemble is now available for every sport. Students can personalize outfits with embroidery for various activities. The clothing is sold through the school store at the high school.
  • The DARE program, which was cut from the 2006-07 budget, will operate for at least one more year. Superintendent Jay Mitchell said funding for one year has been secured with help from the Superior Police Department.

Jana Hollingsworth covers education. E-mail jholling
sworth@superiortelegram.com or call (715) 394-4421, ext. 137.

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