4/9/2013 1:01:00 PM Triton 8th graders invite you to "Come on down!"
By Tara Lindquist
Triton Middle School has come up with a unique fundraising to help offset the cost of the 8th graders trip to Washington D.C.
On Saturday, April 20, students that are going on the class trip will be putting on a live Price is Right show in the new performing arts center at the Triton School.
This is the first year Triton will be offering a class trip to Washington D.C. The cost of the trip per student is $1,079. The 8th grade students will leave for D.C. on July 27 and return August 2. During their seven day tour they will stay in Maumee, OH, Gettysburg, PA, Charlottes, VA, and Washington D.C. They will have visit all the monuments in D.C. as well has the US Capitol Hill, Smithsonian Institute, Air and Space Museum, American History and Natural History Museums. They will visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Holocaust Museum, Arlington Cemetery and Mt. Vernon Plantation.
The organizers are hoping to make the trip and the fundraiser a yearly event for Triton Middle School 8th graders. "We wanted to do something to help the students offset the cost of the trip," explained Tricia Johnson. "The middle school band teacher, John Miller has seen this done as a fundraiser before and came to us with the idea."
Area businesses have been great about donating prizes for the show and students have been working on building props and games for the game show. "The kids have really taken ownership over this fundraiser, they've really been great in helping go to local businesses to get donations." Students have also been learning what it takes to organized a fundraiser and have been meeting regularly in planning meetings to get everything organized. "If we can help lower the cost of the trip I think more students will be able to take part in the Washing D.C. trip and we'd really like it to become a yearly tradition."
So far they have gathered over eighty prizes for the event. Including Twins tickets, a season family pool pass to both Dodge Center and West Concord pools, Mount Olympus tickets in the Wisconsin Dells, a digital camera, flat screen TV, four Water Park of America passes and a Minnesota Zoo package. Various gift cards and gift baskets have been donated as well. Currently there are forty-one committed sponsors for the event. "I know we'll have more donations coming in but just haven't received them yet," Johnson explained.
The event is open to the public and advanced ticket sales are now available at the Triton Middle School or from a student that is going on the trip. Anyone is welcome to attend the event but only adults and students in 6th grade or older will be selected to be contestants during the show and eligible to win door prizes. Younger people are welcome to join the fun by watching the show as audience members. Raffle tickets are also on sale to win a 5th generation iPod Touch. The drawing will be held during the Price is Right night but you do not need to be present to win the raffle prize.
Registration will be from 6-7 p.m. the night of the show, in the Triton School cafeteria. Walking tacos, snacks and treats will be for sale during registration. Seating in the performing arts center will be from 7-7:30 with the show starting at 7:30.