By Sandra Haschemeyer
When the Beardstown School Board made budget cuts due to decreased state funding -- cutting clubs, organizations and middle school sports -- it didn’t take long for members of the Beardstown High National Honor Society to go into action.
Shelby Carey, president of the NHS, said she and fellow members decided they wanted to do something.
“We didn’t want to just stand back,” she said. “We know the importance of what the clubs do.” So they decided to put together a fundraiser which would showcase the school’s various clubs.
The NHS contacted club sponsors and coaches, asking for informational booths and activities. After taking the preliminary steps and getting the go-ahead from the school administration, the students were able to put together last Saturday’s event in three weeks.
The event included a pork chop dinner which was sold out, a dunk tank which seemed to be a favorite, an “instrument petting zoo” hosted by the band, a variety show preview, a chance to smash an old car with a sledgehammer, a barnyard petting zoo, face painting, bingo, a high jump booth, basketball dunking contest, nerf games, other sports activities, ultimate Frisbee tournament, Wii dancing, a silent auction and much more.
“I think it really went well,” said Carey who is a senior, noting people seemed to enjoy the activities. NHS sponsor Stacey Savage commended Carey and the society for its initiative.
“When all the cuts happened and they got the bad news, they asked ‘how do we (help) fix it,’” she said and then began organizing the event.
The amount raised has not yet been determined, Savage said, noting they were still delivering raffle items and receiving donations.