By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — You know the old saying, “Many hands make light work.”
The Colfax High School chapter of the National Honor Society put the concept to good use during a fund raiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) last month.
All together, the Colfax chapter of NHS raised $3,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
[emember_protected] Colfax High School students, Colfax Elementary students, school district staff and members of the community all contributed money to the effort.
“We had people put money in buckets. If they donated $5, then they got to go to a movie opportunity. Then they could add as much as they wanted to after that,” said Emily Evenson, one of the organizers for the NHS’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fund raiser.
Colfax NHS held the fund raiser from January 8 to January 19.
“We had a Promethean Board up in the gym, and people could bring in blankets and pillows, and we had the bleachers out, and we watched ‘Monsters Inc.’ together,” Evenson said.
The movie was shown in the Colfax High School gymnasium February 2.
All together, 82 students gathered to watch the movie.
“Also during basketball games, we did a ‘chuck your change’ at halftime. We had four NHS students during every home game that week go around at halftime collecting money, and we donated all of that back,” said Becca Lee, another organizer of the NHS fund raiser.
“We also had the elementary participate the first week. They competed to win a pizza contest. It was a fifth grade class that won,” Evenson said.
“It was Miss LaTulip’s class,” Lee said.
Students at Colfax Elementary raised about half of the total amount collected.
“We had a goal of $2,500, and we exceeded our goal,” said Adam Pretasky, NHS president.
“We were not having the movie if we didn’t meet the goal as a collective,” Lee said.
“We made sure we didn’t tell them the movie, either, so that was a little bit of an incentive, too,” Evenson said.
“The movie was our incentive this year. In years past, it was Olive Garden. You got an Olive Garden meal with a certain amount,” Lee said.
“We had a lot of donations from people in other communities (who came to the basketball games),” Pretasky said.
“It was $380 just for those games,” Lee noted.
The National Honor Society members present for the interview wanted to make sure Messenger readers knew that in addition to spectators from the Colfax community, spectators from other communities who came for the basketball games were generous in their support for the fund raiser as well.
The basketball games were against Mondovi, Boyceville and Durand.
Mark Mosey, Colfax High School biology teacher, is the NHS advisor.
NHS members who worked on the fundraiser included RyAnna Martinson (organizer); Emily Evenson (organizer); Hailey Prince (organizer); Becca Lee (organizer); Alyssa Dachel (organizer); Adam Pretasky (president); Mackenzie Jensen (vice president); Amanda Christianson (secretary); and Erika Brantner (treasurer).
“They really did a good job. They set a high goal, and they achieved it,” Mosey said.
“We’ll send this out (to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) and hopefully they’ll be able to do some good with it,” he said.
This is the third or the fourth year NHS has raised money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Mosey said.
“The elementary raised about $1,700, so that was great,” he said.
“I leave it up to the kids how they want to go about doing (the fund raiser). You love to see that in a group, where they take the initiative and you are just kind of behind the scenes,” Mosey said.
“It floors me how much people will donate. You know there’s people that, yes, they’re making a living, but maybe just barely. (And) they are still willing to contribute,” he said.
Mosey attributes the willingness of people in this area to help with fund raisers as being part of the “Midwest work ethic.”
“It seems like whenever something happens, people are willing to step forward. That, to me, is what it’s all about,” he said.
Described as the world’s largest voluntary health organization, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was founded in 1949 and has a mission of finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. The organization is dedicated to provide funding for blood cancer research, education and patient services.
LLS has several fund-raising opportunities available. The “Student Series” is described as a service learning program.
National Honor Society was established in 1921 to recognize outstanding high school students.
The students must meet their chapter’s grade point average requirements and are considered for membership on the basis of service, leadership and character.
NHS students also are required to do a certain number of hours of community service during the school year. [/emember_protected]