Thursday evening Rogers and Binford Elementary Schools held an ice cream social to raise money for extra curricular activities. Free ice cream was handed out (donations strongly encouraged), and there was even a short performance by The Reduced Shakespeare Company.
“I scream, you scream, we all scream for extra curricular activities” was organized by the Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools. The event provided an opportunity for parents to not only get their kids some ice cream, but to converse with other members of the community about the current crisis.
Since the $6 million cuts to the MCCSC budget, over 400 extra curricular positions have been eliminated for a one year contract. This has resulted in a community wide effort, led by the FMCCS, to raise $750,000 by August 1st to ensure those extra curricular positions are restored.
The current numbers, which can be found on the foundations website, are around $230,000. And with only two weeks to go, community members are trying to stay optimistic. Kelly King, a foundation campaign chair and parent, says the community has to approach the issue with a positive mindset. “I like to look at it as 750 people writing $1000 checks, or 7500 people writing $100 checks. But of course its not that easy.”
With over 11,000 students and 23 different schools, the FMCCS is seeking donations from a lot of people who have yet to contribute. The foundation will be hosting several high profile fundraiser in the coming weeks including a golf tournament at the Bloomington Country Club.