Church seeks funds for primary school festival

The principal of a Seymour elementary school recently asked the society’s school board for permission to accept a kindness donation from a local church.

Principal of Margaret R. Brown Elementary School, Tony Hack, told the board that Seymour’s First Baptist Church approached him late last year to see if they could help the school with materials. post-COVID student activities.

“They’ve found the opportunity where their membership is going to provide workers and they’re also going to provide food, drinks and cover the cost of prizes and activities,” Hack said. “So I can’t ask that we accept the donation of a certain amount of money, but the general kindness of the First Baptist Church.”

He said the fall festival at Brown Elementary was never considered a fundraiser. This is a family event that will take place from 5-7 p.m. on October 28 only for Brown students, their families, school employees and staff members.

“With their help and the opportunity provided by First Baptist and with their people working in the stalls, our teachers and staff will have the chance to interact with our children in a different way,” Hack said. “We hope to continue to build these relationships.”

He said if all goes as planned, the church hopes to cover all school costs. Then any additional money raised from the festival will go towards the school’s fundraising efforts for the year.

First Baptist Church’s Deryk Baurle met with Brown’s trustees to discuss plans for the festival.

Baurle said he knows two church members who teach at the school. They are his wife, Jill Baurle, and Justin Kelley.

“Brown Elementary doesn’t really have a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) simply because of the socio-economic region they’re in. Plus they’re so diverse and have over 400 students whose English is not their first language,” he said. “Jill and I had conversations about how some extracurricular school activities fall on teachers, like the school’s fall festival, which hasn’t happened since 2018, and we thought it would be good. to help.”

Baurle is a member of the First Baptist Missions and Evangelism Board, and he pitched the idea to board chairman Doug Ewing, senior pastor Jeremy Myers, and the rest of the board. They agreed that helping the school would be a good approach.

“Our volunteers will be hosting the games, and we’ve agreed to provide the meal, so the school will be selling tickets for the meals and for the games,” Baurle said. “We will provide 500 burgers and 500 hot dogs, 1,000 small packets of crisps and 1,000 small drinks. The church will also provide prizes for the games, and we will also provide the baked goods for the cake walk that they will also have. »

Baurle said the church is looking for congregational volunteers and they will conduct background checks. Additionally, the church is asking for monetary donations from members and the community, as food and drink for meals will cost around $1,800.

“They’re expecting about 1,000 people for this event, so that’s 1,000 meals needed for Brown Elementary students and their families,” Baurle said. “It’s going to be very important to them.”

Any financial contribution will help offset meals, prizes and other costs.

Donations can be placed in the offering basket on Sunday morning, brought to the church office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or mailed to the church. Note on your check or envelope that this is the Brown Fall Festival. The address is First Baptist Church, 505 Community Drive, Seymour, IN 47274.

For more information, call the church office at 812-522-1909 or email [email protected]

Jerry B. Hatch