Colton Boosters needs volunteers to fulfill essential roles, last-chance election at October meeting

Colton Boosters, a 501c3 dedicated to raising funds for programs within the Colton School District, held its monthly meeting last Wednesday. The election of officers for the new year was on the agenda.

All of last year's officers decided to not to run for re-election. Although there was interest from those in attendance, there were not enough community members present to fill the roles of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. The election was tabled until next month. If the positions are not filled at the October meeting, the Boosters will no longer exist and will be disbanded, and the considerable funds still in the treasury will be donated to other 501c3 groups.

Colton Boosters is a mainstay of the schools. Parents and community members are showing interest and coming together to keep the important and much-needed fundraising and support group viable. If you want to be sure the Boosters continues, the next meeting will be held at Colton Middle School, 21580 Schieffer Road, on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Boosters has a long tradition of funding many projects and activities within the Colton School District. According to the Booster Club's public relations officer, Tanya Sharp, this past school year the nonprofit supported the high school's Robotics Team and Mock Trial Team. They purchased new musical instruments for the band, bought weight room equipment and resurfaced the high school gym floor.

Baseball equipment and a cover for the softball scoreboard were purchased. Boosters sponsored Battle of the Books teams for both the elementary and middle schools. The group raised money for the new playground equipment at the elementary school and financially supported the middle school snack shack and ran the high school snack shack.

They put on the annual community Easter Egg Hunt as well as monthly family activities nights. They purchased microscopes and standing desks for the middle school. They organized the elementary school coin drives, back-to-school barbecue, grandparents day, Jump Rope for Heart, book fairs and health screening. They supported Project Graduation at the high school and a positive referral party at the middle school.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Kids get close to meet the donkey athletes at the booster's 2018 Donkey Basketball event.

Last year's big fundraisers, Donkey Basketball and Stars on Stage, were huge hits, not only bringing in money, but bringing in the community for fun events. In order for these projects to continue, there needs to be parent and community support. There is just one more chance for this to happen and that is with the election of new officers at the October meeting.

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