(Photo by Nancy Nelson)
Fundraising for the Aquatic Center/Gillette Park project got $2,508.21 closer to its $3.6 million goal during the final day of school last week.
Students from Roosevelt Elementary in Cherokee spent five weeks collecting coins in their classrooms in fierce competition for the top prizes of opening day swim passes when the new facility opens next year. During an assembly held last week at the school the results of their efforts and top winning classrooms announced.
Each member of the top three money raising classrooms received swim passes and entry into the VIP line during opening week of the center. Judy Bierman's fourth grade class filled six one gallon jars for a grand first place finish of $492.25. Each member of that class received a one week pass and VIP line entry for opening week.
Pat Friedrichsen's fourth grade class closed in on second place with $196.11 worth of donations. Each member of that class received a three day pass and VIP line entry for opening week. In addition to that amount Friedrichsen made a matching donation to her class as her retirement gift.
Kim Miller's third grade class rounded out third place with $159.13 which earned each member of the class a one day pass and VIP line entry during the opening week.
John Cook, one of the cochairs of the fund raising committee, was delighted with their efforts. "The students are more than enthusiastic for this project and their efforts provide a sense of ownership in their community. What these students did in five short weeks is nothing short of amazing and shows the need and support for this project now and in the future," Cook saidn.
Principal Barb Radke was also extremely proud of her students. She was happy to have the students participate in the effort because she says this is a very important project for the community and most especially for her students. She says it provides one of the best and safest atmosphere for the kids during the summer months.
Fundraising efforts for the Aquatic Center/Gillette Park project are now within $300,000 of the goal. Now seems to be the time to cap it off and make it a reality.