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WAKARUSA — Fundraisers

• There will be a bake sale taking place on Friday at NorthWood High School, where purchases can be made during the baseball team’s chili supper event and also while the boys’ basketball game is occuring. The time frame is expected to be from 5 to 9:00 p.m., or until all of the goods are sold.

Those who wish to donate items for the bake sale are asked to drop them off at Wakarusa Elementary School on Thursday or Friday until 3 p.m. It is also being requested that offerings be clearly labeled. Further questions may be directed to Shelly Newcomer by calling (574) 575-5713 or 862-2980.

A few suggested items that would be welcomed include brownies, cinnamon rolls, cookies, “puppy chow,” cakes, party mixes, caramel corn and breads. Parents of Wakarusa Elementary students were sent an e-mail with event details, and for those who are not able to bring baked items, monetary donations can be provided to the school to allow them to purchase additional treats.

• Also being planned in the coming weeks is a springtime fundraising endeavor.

On March 23, there will be a Nelson’s Chicken and Pit-Tato sale, which will begin at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Ind. 19 and C.R. 40. Advance tickets can be purchased at Richmond’s Feed.

• Interra Credit Union has also volunteered its support by working to establish a benefit fund for the Blanchard family, and contributions can be given through Interra during their regular business hours.

• As the students of Wakarusa Elementary settle back into their classes following their Christmas break, they will learn of further chances to help their friend and schoolmate. Order forms will be distributed to the children with information on how to purchase a “Team Simon” T-shirt.  

Although not yet finalized, there are tentative arrangements to have the school participate in another “Suckers for Simon” occasion, possibly along with some themed “spirit days” in the near future.

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