Every year, beginning about two weeks before Christmas break, Indiana Area Senior High School's Student Government Association (SGA) starts its Teddy Bear Fund Drive fundraiser activities, which in addition to raising upward of $5,000 for Children's Hospital also serves as a fun reminder to students and staff that the holidays are just around the corner.
The most elaborate event planned by SGA is the Activity Day, which took place throughout the school day today. For a cost of $2 per event, students could attend various activities during the morning and afternoon as a relaxing way to kick off the long winter break.
The morning began with a teacher/student variety show in the auditorium. This lively performance featured students and staff showcasing their talents, in addition to an entertaining Minute-to-Win-It competition.
Sign-ups went on thoughout this past week to determine what students wanted to do during the afternoon portion of the day. They could choose between watching a movie with friends, open gym activities, board games, arts and crafts, and several other options.
While possibly the most memorable for Indiana students, Activity Day is far from being the only event planned by SGA during this busy week. Many other activities have taken place in attempt to raise as much money as possible for the Teddy Bear Fund Drive.
The week of Dec. 10 served as Holiday Dress-Up Week, where students could pay $1 to their homeroom teacher and participate in each day's theme. The themes included Ugly Sweater Day, Favorite Christmas Movie Character Day, Crazy Camo Day and several others.
"Last year we raised $5,000, which is our current record. This year we hope to exceed that," said SGA President and Teddy Bear Fund Drive chairwoman Molly Masterson.
The senior class sold hot chocolate after school for the past week, donating all proceeds to the fund drive. Weiner Wednesdays, the after-school snack stand that is open every Wednesday all year, has generously offered to donate the entire month's revenue to this worthy cause.
"Teddy Bear Fund Drive benefits a lot of kids, and that's why we put so much heart and effort into it," added Masterson.
Enticing prizes donated by teachers and staff have been accumulating over the past week in the display case outside the main offices. Raffle tickets have been on sale for the past week, and items will be raffled today. All proceeds go towards the Teddy Bear Fund Drive.
The prizes include several gift cards to local restaurants and shops, prom tickets, artwork and pottery by talented teachers, and even a coveted gift basket consisting of autographed photos and other merchandise from the reality show "Dance Moms."
Although the final revenue has yet to be counted, all of Indiana has responded with enthusiasm to SGA's efforts to make this year's Teddy Bear Fund Drive the most successful yet. The time and energy put into these activities will hopefully make a difference to a lot of people.