Maddox Intermediate School celebrated its annual Money Drop last week that secured $35,000 for school needs."It's always been a tradition at Maddox to have the Money Drop," Principal Marc Sargent …
Maddox Intermediate School celebrated its annual Money Drop last week that secured $35,000 for school needs.
"It's always been a tradition at Maddox to have the Money Drop," Principal Marc Sargent said. "It has been a huge success."
The Money Drop is a yearly endeavor to raise money for school specific needs.
When the school district reconfigured in 2017, bringing a younger group of students than normal to Maddox, Sargent admits he wasn't sure the Money Drop would continue to be as successful; however, students embraced the concept and increased their money raised last year by $10,000.
It's not all about the money, however.
"We let the kids compete against each other to also get points for activities," Sargent said.
The week-long Money Drop consists of a dance on day one, followed by various competitions the other days. Students participate by grade level in teams of yellow (4th), blue (5th) and red (6th).
Grade levels get points for their placement on competition days, and they also get points for every dollar donated during Money Drop week. At the end of the week, the grade level that wins gets a special reward.
"They get a day out of school and we take them to the Barons game and feed them," Sargent said.
The Money Drop is unique in that a grade level doesn't necessarily have to donate the most money to win. They can do so through competition as well.
Last Tuesday was Hawaiian/Tie-Dye Day where students participated in a limbo competition, shoot-out and money machine grabbing activities. Wednesday was Hillbilly/Cowboy Day with hillbilly themed activities, dunk tanks and a relay. Thursday marked the last day of the Money Drop, and students participated in more team competitions.
Fourth grade came out on top this year to win the Money Drop.
Proceeds from last year's event will be used to create a playground at the school, surrounded by a walking track. The school is set to break ground on the project next week.
Funding from this year's Money Drop will allow the school to invest in Promethean smart boards for teachers and other technology needs to enhance the student experience.
Sargent said he is incredibly grateful to all who contributed to this year's Money Drop.
"To have the parents, community, teachers, staff, everybody on board to make this a huge fundraiser for our school, I'm just very appreciative," he said. "If we didn't have everybody on the same page, it wouldn't be as successful as it was."