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Booster club supports student activities

Kailey Johnson

November 22, 2019

West Point Beemer High School is fortunate to be supported by West Point’s Booster Club. 

The Booster Club, however, is an organization that is not sponsored by the school. Their mission is to ”purchase things that the school doesn’t already budget for,” said Holly Dale, Booster Club President. 

There are two different member types in the Booster Club: active and inactive members. 

Inactive members of the Booster Club make a $25- $100 donation at the beginning of every year in order to maintain their place in the organization.

 Active members are much more involved. They can be on the board and attend the meetings so they can vote. Active members are the ones who make most of the decisions. There are currently 61 family members and 71 business members. 

 Th Booster Club sponsors sports and activities of the high school and elementary, and its members decide whether to approve different requests from coaches and sponsors.

Teams and clubs can make requests to the Booster Club depending on what they may need for their season. In order to receive anything from the Booster Club, applicants need to submit a funding request form.  Then, they attend a meeting to make a presentation at which time members can ask questions pertaining to the request.

When a request is made, only the nine board members can vote, according to Dale.  

 Meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm in the elementary cafeteria. 

In order to support the school and fulfill requests,, the Booster Club fundraises for additional money. They run a few concessions throughout the year along with a tailgate at one home football game. 

Their biggest money maker is the youth volleyball tournament. 

This tournament is held at West Point Public School and is run completely by volunteers that include adults and students.

 “The goal of the tournament is to bring in close to $10,000,” stated Jackie Repschleger, Booster Club treasurer. Repschlager began helping with the volleyball tournament nine years ago. She helped run it for five years and then took it over and has been in charge for the past four years. 

The Booster Club does a fantastic job of supporting and sponsoring West Point Beemer’s many sports and activities, according to WPBHS Athletic Director Andy Lewis. 

He added, ”I think they are extremely valuable to West Point Beemer High School. They have generously provided many things that have made an impact on multiple sports and activities. 

Some things the Booster Club has recently donated include: Homecoming food/ gifts in lockers, hurdles and shot put/ discus purchases for track, pull carts and clubs for golf, football field sound system, parents’ night flowers, athletic and academic banquet meals, Strive Streaming, and lastly the FFA lemonade trailer.

 The Booster Club actually contributed 90% of the cost of the FFA lemonade trailer. According to FFA advisor Lee Schroder, he explained the project to the Booster Club and left the dollar amount up to the members. Because FFA uses the trailer to earn money and remain self-sufficient, the Booster Club contributed more.

 The last FFA lemonade trailer lasted 33 years, and since the new one is kept inside and is much nicer, it should last even longer. 

Schroder commented,” We were thrilled with the generosity from the Booster Club.” 

So far this year, all four requests for money have been granted. 

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