Tailgating for Technology

Maryville Schools Foundation puts passion for football to work as fund raiser

More than 200 people showed up for a tailgate party on Sept. 5 to support the Maryville City Schools foundation. More than $3,000 was raised to help put more technology in classrooms.

Foundation president Barbara Jenkins said the event was as much about raising awareness, as it was money for education. State Rep. Doug Overbey dropped by, foundation board members served the guests and also gave out information on the new Promethean boards the foundation hopes to put in classrooms to help students learn more effectively.

“It was great. We probably fed a little over 200 people and our goal was 200 people. We gave out Promethean T-shirts, we had a Promethean exhibit set up and several folks signed up to get more information,” she said. “We even had a couple who came by specifically to make the donation. It was a $500 donation and they told me to call their son on Monday to match their gift and he did.”

Jenkins didn’t want to reveal the name of the donors, but said they were committed to education. She also thanked the Maryville High School Pep Band and director Tom DeLozier for performing. “They were fabulous. They really put the spirit into the whole festivities,” she said.

Coach George Quarles came out and talked to the fans. “He was great with the kids,” she said.

There were also three auction items: a football and a jersey signed by the senior football players and coach Quarles and a helmet signed by Quarles.

“Those three items brought $705. I appreciate the coach and all of his staff and football players,” Jenkins said.

In addition to the coaches, players and the Pep Band, the cheerleaders came out, ate dinner and supported the tailgate party. “We had fun. We do want to make it an annual event,” Jenkins said. “Our intention was to get more visibility for the foundation and technology and I think we accomplished that.”

Jenkins said there was no expense to the event because foundation board members underwrote the entire cost. “We charged $5 for barbeque or hotdog plates and all that came back to the foundation,” she said.

Jenkins also thanked the company Pink Staff, Daniels and Simpson P.C. for donating plastic footballs to give away. “We couldn’t have done this without the cooperation of Central Office and the Maryville High School administration. They contributed a lot by allowing us to do it,” she said.

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