Mustangs raise hundreds of dollars for United Way

Meghan Llamas – Mustangs Ahead 

LRHS SGA members raise money for United Way during Spirit Week.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Last week was a successful week at LRHS for Student Government Association (SGA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and Key Club, who spent spirit week fundraising for the non-profit organization United Way.

Known as the United Way Campaign, Mustangs spent the week raising money by playing music in the cafeteria, organizing a ‘Class Change Wars Competition’, and collecting money at football games.

 SGA sponsored a ‘Pay to play’ event in which Mustangs could pay $1 to play a song or $2 to skip a song during lunch. Overall, the fundraiser did very well, and raised over $245 in just five days.

“It was a lot of fun and the students really got into it,” said assistant principal and campaign organizer Jillian Bieber.

Next was the Class Change Wars Competition. Each first period class competed to see who could raise the most money throughout the week. The winners got to choose who between dean Thomas Bellantonio or technology teacher Joseph Cuervo had to kiss the school’s 8-month-old baby cow.

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In the end, LRHS science teacher Rene Mirandilla’s class won, raising over $50, and chose Bellantonio to pucker up.

Lastly, money was collected by all the clubs during the Ranch’s’ homecoming football game, where over $207 was raised.

The club members will also be attending the football game on Friday, Nov. 6 to continue to collect money as the Mustangs battle the Seminoles.

Bieber stated, “This has been a wonderful opportunity to unite the school even more during spirit week and to raise money for such a worthy cause. I am especially very grateful to all who helped make this fundraiser a success and for Bellantonio who really did kiss the cow!”

While Spirit Week may be over, the community’s chance to donate still stands.

For those wishing to donate, go to the school website and click on the tab labeled United Way Community Fundraiser.”