WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Parents and students from one local school corporation havefound a creative way to save some teachers' jobs.
In only three weeks, parents from Cumberland Elementary Schoolhave organized the free Community Barbecue Event to benefit theWest Lafayette Community Schools.
It would cost approximately $50,000 each to retain the 12to 13 teachers being let go due to budget constraints. So far,$36,000 has already been raised through donations from parents.Event organizer Rachel Shook hopes upcoming fundraiser will raisemore.
"Our goal would be to raise to least $14,000 and that would beguaranteed to save one teacher," Shook said.
The S.O.S. or Secure Our Staff event will include games, specialguests and an auction featuring items like autographed basketballsand jewelry.
Some Cumberland teachers even volunteered to auction themselvesoff to raise money. Attendees will be able place bids for theopportunity to spend time with a teacher while participating in avariety of activities. For example, they could bid on theopportunity to paint with one teacher or attend the zoo with asecond
Teachers said the plight of their colleagues motivated them tovolunteer.
"Of course you're in shock to begin with then we really startedlooking at each other and saying what can we do to help ourcolleagues," Cumberland Elementary School kindergarden teacher NinaWojtalewicz said.
Cumberland Elementary School Principal Kim Bowers said all themoney raised goes directly towards teachers' salaries. She saidparents and teachers have rallied together to help save herstaff.
"They're really very creative, very well-organized and we'revery excited. I don't even know if this won't become an annualevent just because of the way it pulls everybody together," Bowerssaid.
The S.O.S. Community Barbecue and Auction event will be held onSunday, May 17th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Cumberland ElementarySchool. The school is located at 600 Cumberland Avenue in WestLafayette. The event is free and open to the public. People areencouraged to bring picnic supplies. There will also be a dunk tankand other games.
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