By Blake Schnitker
Salem Lutheran School in Jacksonville is planning a class trip for seventh and eighth grade students that will take place between May 6 and May 12 covering several historical, east coast locations including: Gettysburg, Pa., Washington District of Columbia, Mt. Vernon, Va., and Charlottesville, Va. In order to finance this trip, the school has organized a number of fundraising events between now and their departure where members of the Salem community and of Jacksonville are welcome to make contributions.
Starting in the first two weeks of February (1-12), Salem students will be collecting monetary donations for their Feed the Children fundraiser, in which they will buy, bag and weigh out food donations to be sent to either Haiti or the Philippines. After that, between February 29 and March 11, students will be selling rolls of trash bags in various sizes for $12 apiece.
One of Salem’s biggest fundraising events over the next several months will take place on March 11 with their Trivia Night. Taking place in the Salem school gymnasium, Trivia Night will begin at 7 p.m. with concessions also being available. Anyone interested in attending Trivia Night can contact Salem Lutheran School at 217-243-3419 to reserve a table or inquire about further details. The following week, on Saturday, March 19, the school will be having a Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s in Jacksonville between 8 and 10 a.m. There are plenty tickets available at $5 apiece, and can be purchased prior to the event by contacting Salem Lutheran.
Between Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, Salem will be hosting a garage sale at the school, with students collecting various items from members of the school and the church. Finally, on the following Friday, April 15, the school has organized a Nelson’s Chicken Dinner. Along with these events, Salem is offering another fundraising activity called Rent-A-Student, in which members of the community can rent one of the school’s students for various chores.
“This is a great group of kids to take for sure,” said Tracy Thrasher, one of the Salem teachers who has headed the organization of various fundraising events. “We have twelve kids that we’re taking and every single one of them is a phenomenal kid.”