Booster club trying to buy marquee |

Booster club trying to buy marquee

— The Hayden Sports booster club has spent the last year raising money to see the school’s name in lights.

More accurately, the booster club is trying to purchase a new marquee for the high school. Despite fund-raising efforts, the club is still $2,700 shy of the $8,500 needed to pay for the sign.

“We decided we needed a marquee to let people know about the events that are going on in our schools,” booster club President Teena Ray said. “We send home notes from the schools telling parents about what’s happening and, somehow, the notes don’t make it. Parents say, ‘I would have been there if I had known.’ The booster club members thought a marquee would be the best way to get the information to the community and all the parents can see it on their way to and from work.”

The booster club members have held numerous fund-raising events, including hosting a haunted house, dances, dinners and even sponsored the Harlem Ambassadors show basketball team.

“Our goal is to have the money to pay for the new marquee by this summer,” Ray said. “It will probably take a month to build it and get it hung. We want it to be fully functioning by the start of the school year this fall.”

Although the sign will not display trailing, or moving, messages, a very noticeable bright neon message will be posted daily by computer from the high school office, Ray said.

The booster club is making a concerted effort to raise the spirits and in order to do that, Ray said it needs more members.

“Typically, parents of student athletes join the club, but we will accept any parent or non-parent in the community who wants to get involved,” Ray said. “We desperately need members. I think that parents who are involved have kids who are involved. Kids learn by the good examples their parents set for them and we would love to have more parents participate in our organization.”

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