The 14th Annual West Carroll Educational Foundation (WCEF) Radiothon will be held from 8 a.m.-noon this Friday, April 26, at the West Carroll Primary School, 2215 Wacker Rd., Savanna.
The event will be broadcast live over WCCI (100.3 FM) and will feature classes and student groups from each of the three district schools. It is the major fundraiser for the WCEF and helps to support the mission of the organization which is to "promote, aid and encourage educational activities and endeavors" for the West Carroll School District.
Volunteers will be standing by during the four-hour program to take pledges from those calling in to 815-273-9273 (WCSD). Donations can also be dropped off at the Primary School during the Radiothon as well as any of the other district buildings.
According to WCEF President Mike Burton, last year's event raised over $27,000.
"The 2018 Radiothon was the most successful event ever," said Burton. "However, the Foundation always strives to better the previous year's amount, so our 2019 goal is $28,000."
Burton said monies raised are used to fund grants that are requested each Fall by West Carroll teachers and schools.
"These generally involve educational projects, field trips, classroom technology and other equipment necessary to meet learning objectives for our students," said Burton.
This past year the Foundation awarded over $30,000 in grants which included funding for the 2019 high school musical; a kindergarten field trip to the Niabi Zoo in Moline; a second grade field trip to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque; an eighth grade field trip to Circa 21 in Rock Island; a field trip for high school drama students to Chicago; a third grade reading program; musical equipment; and classroom technology that enhances student learning and skills.
"As most of the residents in our district know,” said Burton, “funding remains a major challenge for our schools. Therefore, these grants play a major role in providing educational opportunities for students at such an important time in their lives. The Radiothon is such a great event because it allows our regional community to come together and support such a meaningful cause."
Added Burton, "The Foundation is particularly aware of the importance that our West Carroll students receive an educational experience that will provide benefits for future success after they leave our school system. We know that many of these items are expensive, but the cost is minimal if you consider the positive impact on students."
In addition to Burton, other West Carroll Education Foundation members include Tony Garcia (vice president), Kim Lawfer (treasurer), Jennie Foltz (secretary), Jen McGinnis, Shawn Flickinger, Sherrie Mueller, Laura Shelly, Dawn Rath, Kris Yingling, Jeanette Ashby, Samatha Barra, Hannah Davison and Brady Knop.
"Our group really does an excellent job of representing the Foundation and making sound financial decisions regarding the approval of grants," Burton said. "Our members also are very engaged in supporting our students, and most will be volunteering their time to work the event this Friday."
West Carroll High School students who will be assisting at the radiothon include Jennah Magill, Grace Shelly, Jaycie VanKampen, Hannah Foltz, Chance Williams, Katie McGinnis, Lily O’Connor and Olivia Charles.
Primary School Students
8-8:15 a.m.—4th grade classes: Wax Museum speeches.
8:15-8:30 a.m.—Pam Watts’ 3rd Grade Class: Spelling City Computer Program.
8:30-8:45 a.m.—Shelly Herbst's 1st Grade Class.
8:45-9 a.m.—Keta Foltz's 3rd Grade Class: Author Day and Dip Day.
9-9:15 a.m.—Lisa Wolfe's 3rd Grade Class: 3rd Grade Reading Books.
9:15-9:30 a.m.—Angela Kamper's 1st Grade Class: "What I Want to Be When I Grow Up."
9:30-9:45 a.m.—Christa Curley's 1st Grade Class: Animal Facts.
9:45-10 a.m.—2nd Grade Class: Report on Dubuque Field Trip.
Middle School Students
10-10:10 a.m.—Report on 8th Grade Field Trip to Springfield.
10:10-10:20 a.m.—Report on 8th Grade Field Trip to Circa 21 in Rock Island.
10:20-10:30 a.m.—Middle School Student Council.
10:30-10:40 a.m.—Middle School Band Performance.
10:40-10:50 a.m.—Middle School Choir Performance.
10:50-11 a.m.—Music Appreciation.
High School Students
11-11:15 a.m.—Natalie Hughes, Kylie Hill and Cora Collins: Girls' Basketball Program.
11:15-11:30 a.m.—Shane Houzenga and Olivia Charles: West Carroll FFA.
11:30-11:45 a.m.—McKenna Sullivan and Maddie Meek: Girls' Softball Program.
11:45 a.m.-12 p.m.—Music. Storm & Jazz: Into the Woods.