Joseph students help buy swing set

Stephen Tool/Chieftain Joseph Charter School second graders occupy the playground's new $4,000 swing set. The second graders raised over $1,300 for the project.

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” so the saying goes, and when Joseph grade school needed a new swing set during a period of tight funding, the teachers and classes did something about it. Grades K-4 held fund raisers to help pay for the $4,000 swing set. The hard work by the classes paid off with the installation of the swing set on the playground in May. Total funds raised were approximately $4,150.

The second grade led the charge with $1,310 raised through a read-a-thon. The remaining grades collectively raised approximately $800.

Family Career and Community Leaders of America and instructor, Marla Dotson, spearheaded the fundraising project. The FCCLA chapter donated $800, the high school donated $500, and $600 came from private donors. The rest came from various other fundraising events.

The leftover funds will be used to create a plaque or sign that recognizes everyone who donated or raised money.

Dotson also wanted to thank Tim Kiesecker, the school’s maintenance supervisor, for donating the time and use of his personal excavating equipment for digging holes for the concrete anchors for the swing set. Dotson also said the elementary teaching staff who helped organize the fundraising efforts of their respective classes deserve thanks as well.

“The classes all worked hard for this and they’re very excited about their new swing set,” Dotson said.

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