School shows off new wheels

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— The Hayden Booster Club has some new wheels to show off.

This week, the Booster Club unveiled its new concession stand trailer, built by Hayden High School students during shop class.

It's a big improvement, Booster Club president April Branstetter said. The old concession stand was about 30 years old, and boosters thought they should invest in something that is the base for their major fundraising efforts. The project also supported students who are learning the construction trade.

Jeff Bray and Clayton Huyser spent a semester in welding class constructing the steel frame for the concession trailer. Mark Wilson's woodworking students then took over and spent a semester finishing off the trailer with framing and carpentry.

"I was so proud of them and so grateful they could do it," Branstetter said.

Booster members installed the floors, stained the exterior and installed lighting.

Booster club member Pauline Kopsa cooked burgers and hot dogs and sold drinks out of the trailer Friday afternoon near the ball fields at Hayden Valley Elementary School.

The club caters to the Triple Crown Sports visitors who will be in Hayden during the summer weekends. Between $4,000 and $5,000 is raised each year by parents and students who sell concessions during the softball and baseball tournament games.

"It's totally volunteer," Kopsa said. "The money goes right back into the school."

Last year, the Booster Club bought graphing calculators and math textbooks.

"To go out and buy a trailer like this, there is no way we could have afforded it," Kopsa said.

-- To reach Matt Stensland, call 871-4210

or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com.

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