Hullett carnival and auction raises $14,500 - May 17, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
Last week, The Hullett Central Public School Advisory Council’s (SAC) carnival fundraiser raised a total of $14,500, which will help install new playground equipment at the school by the end of this month.
SAC Chair Amanda Anderson explained there are expenses to running the event, but, thanks to the amount raised, the council will be able to continue the work it does to benefit the school on an annual basis.
“We do a $10 trip subsidy per student for approximately 280 students and that usually contributes to year-end bus trips,” she said. “We pay for the planners and give each teacher $200 to spend on extra resources for their classroom at the beginning of the year. We also pay for graduation.”
The funds from the auction and carnival will first cover the expenses, but because the group has been saving up, 2018 will be a good year for contributions to the school.
Anderson explained that earlier this year a set of soccer goal posts was installed in the primary yard allowing younger students to have their own games at recess. The installation brings the total to four soccer fields at the school.
“They can’t really play with the older children because there is some risk to that,” she said.
The council also, for the first time, ran a meat calendar this year. The calendars were sold in December and those who purchased them had an opportunity to win a meat prize daily throughout January. The prizes were valued at $50 every day.
“We made $13,000 on that, so that allowed us to purchase this equipment this year,” she said. “We were pretty happy with the results on that.”
The carnival, meanwhile, raised $1,500 more than it has in previous years, also helping.
The event featured a silent auction, food booth, games, a penny sale for children, prizes, face painting and a photo booth.
Many of the activities are run or helped along by older students, Anderson said. Several years ago, The council discovered it was more difficult to have programming for the older children, however many seemed happy to help.
The event also relies on parents and teachers volunteering.
The carnival has, in previous years, been the only fundraiser for the council. Through surveys, Anderson said the council found parents preferred that over fundraisers like pizza, chocolate or cheese sales.
Going forward, however, Anderson said the committee would consider the meat draw calendar again due to its success.