Fundraiser planned for Alex
Posted 4/14/10 (Wed)
By Caroline Downs
The Kenmare PTA and students in both schools want to show their support for fourth grader Alex Emeline and his family, and they’re asking for your help.
On Tuesday, April 27th, students in grades kindergarten through three will present their spring music concert beginning at 7 pm at Kenmare High School. Usually, no admission is charged for the concert, but the students are requesting free will contributions at the door.
All proceeds from the evening will be donated to Alex’s family to assist with expenses related to his medical visits.
Students in grades four through twelve will demonstrate their support for Alex by participating in a walk-a-thon on Wednesday, April 28th. Starting this week, the students will collect pledges, then spend an hour strolling for Alex along a route planned for the walk-a-thon.
Local residents will see the fourth, fifth and sixth graders out walking during the morning of April 28th, while the junior high and high school students will walk during the final hour of the school day.
PTA president Fay Froseth and sixth grade teacher Donna Schmit are coordinating the fund-raising activities for the PTA with help from the Kenmare FBLA, but more adults are invited to assist with the walk-a-thon. “We’re looking for parent volunteers to walk with the kids,” said Froseth. “It doesn’t matter what grade your own child is in. If you can join us either time, especially with the seventh through twelfth graders, we will appreciate your help!”
Students who participate in the event and return the walk-a-thon packets with pledges they’ve collected will receive a free movie pass to the Kenmare Theatre as a token of appreciation from the PTA and Kenmare Veteran’s Club.
Kids in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades, which include Alex’s closest friends, will have a chance to compete for a bigger prize: a free pizza party for the one class among those three that collects the most pledge money.
Anyone interested in Alex’s situation, and is not contacted for the walk-a-thon, is welcome to make a donation at either State Bank & Trust of Kenmare or BNC National Bank. Accounts for Alex and his family have been set up at both financial institutions. The PTA would like to have all funds collected for Alex by May 15th.
Froseth said the donations will be used to assist Alex’s family with a variety of daily and travel expenses, given that trips to Alex’s doctor in Fargo are necessary every one or two weeks. “We’d like to set up accounts for them at the grocery stores, provide gas cards, things like that,” she said.
The fundraisers for Alex offer a unique opportunity for Kenmare students and others to support someone from their school and community. “We think about the needs in Haiti or New Orleans, and those are certainly serious,” said Froseth, “but sometimes we have needs right here that we should focus on.”
Persons with further questions about either of the two fundraisers planned for Alex Emeline this month are welcome to contact Donna Schmit at 701-385-4996 during school hours or Fay Froseth at 701-385-4502.