Booster club looking for a boost

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— Stacy Magee wanted to dispel the myth she believes is hurting the Hayden Booster Club.

"I think people just think we involve ourselves in sports," Magee said. "In the past year or two, we purchased math books for the high school, scientific calendars, books for the resource class. We gave a total of $392 to the high school play."

Magee listed more than a dozen additional items the Booster Club has purchased or functions it has contributed to within the Hayden School District.

As of Tuesday, the club was operating with just four members, and they are all mothers with full-time jobs. During Monday's monthly meeting, the quartet decided it was time to raise public awareness about the Booster Club.

"It is frustrating we don't have more community involvement," said Magee, who is the vice president. "There is such good money for the school, and every dime goes back to the school. We've had a lot of support from businesses. We just don't have a lot of support from parents and the community."

The women are looking for additional members. There is no cost to join the Booster Club, and the only commitment is a meeting at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of every month in the Hayden High School library.

"Most people are busy, and I understand that," Magee said. "But I manage to take that hour a month to do something for the kids. If any person has a child in the school district, they should be involved."

The Booster Club listens to virtually every request for money. It doesn't fulfill every request, but it does spread its money around. The Booster Club has a presence at sporting events and does contribute financially to athletics.

But the Booster Club also gave money to the Spanish Club and the school's after-prom committee, among other things.

The primary fundraiser the Booster Club does is sell concessions at Triple Crown Sports games during the summer. The Booster Club's trailer was built by the school's woodshop and welding classes.

Volunteer parents work the Triple Crown games, and Magee said she was forced to work all but one weekend. This summer, the Booster Club raised $5,000.

"That was our profit," Mag-ee said. "If our Triple Crown season is 12 weeks out of the summer, it's Wednesday through Saturday. That's 48 games. If parents would commit to one game, it would only take 48 parents. We have a lot more kids than that in the school district."

Magee and the other three members encourage anyone interested in getting involved to contact Magee at Hayden Valley Elementary School or at 276-1187.

Teachers, parents or any other interested community members are welcome to join.

- To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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