BY KYLE NELSON
For once, students at Cooper City High School are encouraged to leave class.
On November 9, the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) will be holding the largest fundraiser of the year, the first annual CCHS Stampede. The event will be carnival-esque event that will take place during periods two through six. The event will showcase large inflatables, game booths, a DJ, Photo Booth, free food and much more.
For CCHS students who went through Pioneer Middle School, Stampede will seem like a blast from the past. At Pioneer, students are given a full day of outside fun at an event called M3, where food, games and other activities are showcased on the soccer field. Stampede will mimic this event but on a bigger scale.
Stampede was a staple at CCHS in the past, but fizzled out as new PTSA leadership moved in. Current PTSA teacher liaison Heidi Dermer believes that after a short hiatus from the event it should be successful.
“I can say that after taking a few years off from doing Stampede, the PTSA is excited to bring this fun-filled event back to Cooper,” Dermer said. “We are working hard to make sure there is something for everyone.”
More information will be distributed during personalization classes on October 23 and 24, with money collection beginning on October 24 and ending November 7. Students can purchase tickets during A/B lunches as well as the red PTSA box in the main office.
Payments can be made in cash, check (made payable to CCHS PTSA) or online under PTSA Stampede.
The money raised will be used to purchase items for the school. Over the years, PTSA has purchased the trophy case, laptop carts, Nooks, the clickers that teachers use, smart boards, planners for the ninth grade students each year and much more. Through fundraisers like Stampede, PTSA also offers $500 in scholarship money at senior awards night to two seniors each year. Money from fundraising also purchases an engraved pen for the class valedictorian and salutatorian each year, which is presented at graduation.
Online payments have already opened up and can be completed with the link attached below.
Stampede online payment: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/cooper-city-high-school-ptsa
Photo by Sarah Khan