Get your fireworks, support Canby kids
This week, Americans will abandon their jobs for a day to celebrate independence with parades, barbecues and of course, fireworks. But before you grab that wholesale pack of explosives, you might want to consider how your dollars could help at the local booths.
Both of Canby's fireworks booths are fundraisers to support Canby youth extracurricular activities.
One of the booths is located in the O'Reilly Auto Parts parking lot on Highway 99E. The funds raised there go to support the Canby High School Band through the Music Boosters.
The Music Boosters supports the band with expenses that come up outside of the district-allotted budget, according to Deb Garrett, who was manning the booth.
"Everything that we do is to raise funds so that the band continues to operate," Garrett said. "It helps pay for instruments, instrument cleaning, instrument maintenance—things like that."
Some of the fireworks funds also go directly to individual band students who are working to earn their way to the band's Disney trip, Garret said. This trip happens every four years.
The second booth is located in the Cutsforth's Thriftway complex on 2nd Avenue. The earnings at this booth will go to support a brand new program called the Canby Football Touchdown Club.
Jon Hull and his mother Katie Hull have filed for nonprofit status and are working to get this club off the ground. The purpose? To support the Canby football program from youth through high school.
Katie said she recognizes that the schools can only fund athletics so much and that funding is split among many sports. But football gear and equipment can be expensive, and that's where this club will help. She has been a part of the successful Wilsonville Touchdown Club and brings that expertise to the new Canby program.
"What this does is it goes alongside and helps them pay for things that isn't in the budget," Katie said.
According to the Hulls, the club will work with coaches to determine needs and will purchase items directly from vendors to gift to the football teams. The club is also likely to provide scholarships to cover fees for players who may struggle to afford the cost.
Both Katie's and Jon's passion comes from a love of football. Jon and his brother coach middle school football in Canby. Katie said she is a 1986 Canby High graduate, and in her day, Canby had a "powerhouse football program."
"People my age, even if they don't have kids in the program, they're still excited because they want to see Canby have a powerhouse program," Katie said.
In addition to fireworks, the club will also be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a Green Mountain Grill donated by Earthworks Landscape Service. Tickets are $5 or 5 for $20. The drawing is Aug. 1.