The Perry High School junior class recently received a boost in its after prom fundraising efforts.
The class received proceeds from the Perry Chamber of Commerce for their help with the annual Fireworks Bucket Brigade during the Fourth of July parade. A press release said the proceeds from the brigade were split with $295.79 going to the fireworks display and the junior class after prom.
Hannah Peterson, junior class president, said in a separate interview that the class started fundraising for the 2019 after prom before the school year even ended. The class worked the concession stand for the summer softball games.
They then turned their attention to the fireworks bucket brigade. The class also designed and sold T-shirts for the Aug. 24 football game against Jefferson.
Future fundraising efforts are already being planned. Some of those include middle school dances and selling class T-shirts for homecoming.
The class is currently working on painting the Perry ‘P’ in people’s driveways and in front of businesses.
“Hopefully we can get the Bluejay spirit across town,” Peterson said.
The Perry ‘P’ will be painted in the driveways and in front of businesses during the month of September. Flyers were handed out and orders need to be mailed in by Aug. 31. For more information, contact Michael Peterson at 515-490-6074.
Hannah Peterson said that it’s important for the junior class to hold fundraisers like the Perry ‘P’ project to help raise money for the after prom. That money is used to help lower the cost of prom tickets, she said, and so kids can have an enjoyable night.
“Things like the bucket brigade really helps because it gets more people aware of what we’re raising money for. You would be surprised how many people want to help,” Peterson said.
In past years, classes have raised anywhere from $14,000 to $20,000. Peterson said that money is used for prom, food, decorations and then after prom, which could include a hypnotist, inflatables, games and more.
She encourages community members to sign up to have a Perry ‘P’ painted in their driveway or in front of their business.
“The more people who get a ‘P’ the better because it not only helps us out, but it also shows your support to Perry and the Bluejays and Jayettes,” she said. “Definitely be on the lookout for junior class fundraising this year.”
Peterson added that the junior class has a Facebook page, PHS class of 2020. Community members can like the page to find information about upcoming fundraisers.