LVES Booster Club: A Busy Beginning to a Jam-Packed Year

From Sarah Courtney
LVES Booster Club President
 
It has been a couple of busy weeks for the LVES Booster Club and we are not slowing down anytime soon! We have been very busy with spirit shirt sales, red ribbon week, fall festival, helping hands fundraiser (cheesecakes) and planning for the next few events.

Red Ribbon Week this year kicked off on October 22nd through October 27th. During this week the kids got to participate in activities at the school that encouraged the children to be drug free. The theme this year was, “Life is a Journey, Travel Drug Free”. This theme gave the students and staff at Lucerne Valley Elementary School much to think about when making posters for the competition. There were several well thought out posters that were created, but in the end, only two could win. The competition was separated into two categories, Transitional Kindergarten through third grade and fourth through sixth grade. The winners were Transitional Kindergarten taught by Mrs. Villela and the fourth-grade class taught by Mrs. Eller. These posters were entered in the national competition and have the chance to win $1,000 for the school. All the posters explored an aspect of traveling drug free whether it be by way of transportation or a trip across the country. They were all very creative and theme oriented.

The students also got to express themselves everyday of Red Ribbon Week. They had a different expression every day whether they were having a bright future and being able to wear bright colors, giving drugs the boot and wearing your favorite pair of boots to school, or putting a cap on drugs and wearing a crazy hat to school. It was nice to see the staff as well as the students participating in this national event.

Fall Festival this year was held on October 26th at the Sgt Brian Walker Gymnasium at Lucerne Valley High School from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This year there were twenty game booths all ran by the elementary school staff, middle/high-school staff and the booster club. The money raised by each booth went directly back to the grade level running the booth to be used for educational purposes throughout the year. We also had 8 themed gift baskets that were raffled off throughout the night. One basket even had a ticket to Disneyland in it! FFA did an excellent job with the hay ride and the haunted house was quite scary according to the kids. The Booster Club would like to thank the Lions Club for donating the money for the food and for running the food booth all night for us. We would also like to thank Hi-Grade for donating their tables and chairs. Thank you to Café 247 for the ice for the event and the use of their ice chests. We also had excellent music to dance to provided by Diego Lopez. The booster club would like to thank retired Sheriff's Deputy Chuck Fonville as well as staff from both school sites for working security for the event. It is so nice to see a community come together for a fun night of festivities in order to benefit the schools.

The helping hands fundraiser ended on October 26th and was a huge success as always. We sold a variety of items such as cheesecakes, pumpkin rolls, magazine subscriptions and even candles. The kids did an excellent job fundraising. This fundraiser is used to help the kids with their end of the year field trips. We would like to thank all the families who participated with their children in making this fundraiser a success.

The school district is working together this year to create food boxes to send home over Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks to families in need throughout our own community. If you have any extra non-perishable foods send them to school with your child for the food boxes. If you would prefer a cash donation we accept those as well. The cash we use to buy fresh produce, eggs, cheese, milk and anything else perishable the morning we hand the boxes out. You can bring the cash to the elementary school or donate on Facebook through our business page. Last year we had enough to provide a thanksgiving meal for seven families and a box of food at Christmas time as well. We look forward to working with the community on this event.

Spirit shirts are still available for $12.00 if any student would like to purchase them. They can purchase them through our business page on Facebook LVES Booster Club under the pages tab or fill out an order form in the office at the elementary school. We will also be designing hooded sweatshirts with the help of a local business for the colder months ahead of us. The booster club will be running a Polar Express Shop where children can purchase items for family members and surprise them for Christmas. This will run from December 3rd through the 7th. So be on the look out for flyers. On Saturday December 14th (location to be determined) we will have a craft booth selling any items the children at school have made to help raise money for their class trips. We also will be selling holiday grams December 17th through the 21st. Keep a look out for information to come home with your children. Do not forget to save and clip your box tops, it doesn’t seem like much, but it truly adds up. We are always looking for help, don’t be shy, come on down and enjoy seeing the smiles we bring to the children’s faces! It truly is priceless.

Our meetings will be held on the first Thursday of every month at 3:40 in room 9 at the Elementary School. We would love to have new members to help enrich the education of our children. All the money raised by the booster club goes directly back to the school. You do not have to attend meetings to help. If you have any questions feel free to contact Sarah Courtney, president of the LVES Booster Club at 760-669-7216 or by email LVES_Boosterclub@outlook.com.