BURRILLVILLE – The senior class at Burrillville High School is looking to raise money to offset the cost of their senior prom tickets and to help pay for their senior class trip with three fundraisers that use, “out-of-the box thinking,” to meet their goals.
“We have come up with two events in December that are targeted towards younger students (and the) parents of younger students, to try and give back to the community while also doing something different,” explained social studies teacher Jackie Keable, an advisor for the Class of 2022.
“They have had a very different high school experience, with most events being cancelled between their sophomore and senior years of high school. They have missed out on over two years worth of activities, so we are trying to plan things that will help make their senior year memorable,” Keable said.
The first fundraiser is a Holiday Ornament Decorating event, to be held in the BHS cafeteria on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 6-7:30 p.m.
“The idea is younger students, accompanied by an adult, could come and create a holiday ornament using materials provided,” explained Keable.
Kids are invited to create the holiday ornaments with members of the class at a cost of $3 an ornament or $5 for two. Peanut-free cookies and hot coco will be provided.
The second event is geared toward parents, with the ambitious students offering holiday gift wrapping. Parents or guardians can bring their gifts to the BHS cafeteria from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21 and walk away with freshly wrapped presents.
“The senior class officers would wrap the gift for a small fee so parents/ guardians wouldn’t have to worry about it or be stressed about hiding it from their child,” said Keable.
Seven wrapping stations will be set up in the BHS cafeteria and parents will come in via the main office entrance at BHS, enter the cafeteria and be greeted by senior class officers. From there, visitors can pre-pay at a donation station and bring their items to students, who will wrap the gifts as efficiently as possible.
“This will hopefully ensure that no gifts are given back to the wrong person and the parents are in and out in one pass, rather than dropping them off and coming back to get them,” said Keable.
The affordable service will be offered for $3 for a small gift or $4 for a large gift. Patrons can have a bow added to the present for just 50 cents more.
Pre-registration is not required for either of the physical events, and guests are invited to drop in.
“We just ask that for both events people are respectful of the school rules/ protocol and wear a mask regardless of vaccination status,” said Keable.
The final fundraiser for December focuses on making it easy to show support. A webpage offered by Snap Raise allows people to donate to the Class of 2022 directly. The donation page will go live on Wednesday, Dec. 1 and can be accessed on a mobile device via the bar code on the flyer below.
The minimum donation through the site is $20. The Snap fundraiser will run only during the month of December as it has a 30 day limit for a time window
“We are really trying to spread the word on this event because it is very simple and easy to participate in,” said Keable.
The funds will all go toward making sure that all Bronco seniors have some affordable fun during their final months at BHS. Prom tickets, Keable noted, would otherwise cost roughly $80 per person.
“Your support is vital to the success of our program,” notes a flyer on the effort.