Hannah Montana came to Foothills Elementary School recently but Miley Cyrus was nowhere to be found.
That’s because principal Amy Vagnier was filling the Hannah Montana role as a reward to the students for participating in a successful Raccoon Romp fundraiser.
A committee of parent volunteers organized the event and coordinators Bob Watson and Candy Morgan secured corporate donations.
“We raised over $30,000,” said Vagnier. “That includes the donations the children collected as well as the corporate donations the two coordinators secured. This is all parent-initiated. They did an amazing job.”
The Spirit Week of activities began with a pep rally. Each day students dressed according to the them of each day, whether it was hat day, sports team shirt day or wild hair day, to name a few. For the Raccoon Romp Walk-a-thon, students took pledges for each lap or mile walked or they took donations. At the end of the week, more than 50 volunteers showed up to help with the walk-a-thon and parents turned out to walk with their children.
“We make it a big event. The following week, they collected the pledges,” Vagnier said.
The principal said BB&T Bank was very active and provided volunteers to count the money and sent a representative to dress up as Rocky, the school’s mascot.
As an incentive, the students were promised a Hannah Montana concert if $20,000 was raised. “We exceeded our goal, and I dressed up like Hannah Montana, which required hours of practice to learn the words and get the moves down,” she said. “Some male teachers were great sports and dressed up as a guest appearance of the Jonas Brothers.”