Prom party fundraising surpasses $11,000 thanks to students, donations

By Nancy Zeman nzeman@prairiepress.net
Posted 3/23/20

Paris High School students have raised more than $11,000 to support the school’s annual after prom event, the Paris Cooperative High School board of directors learned during its meeting Monday, …

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Prom party fundraising surpasses $11,000 thanks to students, donations

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Paris High School students have raised more than $11,000 to support the school’s annual after prom event, the Paris Cooperative High School board of directors learned during its meeting Monday, March 9.

The students, sponsored by teacher Heather Seaton, have been aggressively hosting a variety of events and projects to raise the money for prizes and activities for the annual junior-senior prom, set for April 18.

Assistant principal Mark Cox shared the students recently raised $3,800 with a cow chip bingo, held in the round barn on the Edgar County Fairgrounds. Other activities have included a car show and a Trunk or Treat. In total, the students have raised $11,560.

Included in that total raised by the students, Cox said, is a $4,800 from local businesses. “What a giving community,” he noted.

The board members also had the opportunity to see a project from a PHS class involving Crestwood first graders. Kaitlyn Mathews said students in a classroom at Crestwood were asked to draw a picture. The PHS students then created a three-dimensional version of the drawing using cloth and fibers.

Senior Sarah Isaf said the students then sewed the 3-D versions and stuffed them using fiber fill. Sewing was a new experience for the students in the crafts 2 class, she said. The students came up with the idea from a similar project they found on social media.

The 25 3-D versions will be presented to each student, Isaf said.

The board also:

-Accepted the resignation of Kyra Hutchings as the school’s agriculture teacher and FFA sponsor. The school is aggressively looking for a replacement to continue the ag program.

-Accepted the resignation of Christian Mills as assistant volleyball coach.

-Hired Steve Kemper as a volunteer softball coach for the 2020 season.

-Approved PHS students of Jami Wilson to participate in the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Earth Day activities at Lincoln Trail State Park.

-Approved a fundraiser request by Taylor Birchfield for the girls track team.

-Heard graduation is set for Friday, May 22.

Paris 95 Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Larson said the school has several openings to fill due to resignations including an assistant principal to succeed Mark Cox, who will become school principal July 1. There are currently seven applicants for the position. Applications are due by March 31.

Other vacancies include an APEX supervisor and a math teacher to succeed Doug Happ, who is retiring at the conclusion of the school year. Larson also emphasized the school will be hiring an ag teacher and FFA sponsor. “We are not eliminating the program. We need a teacher,” he said.