A covered cart was wheeled out into the gymnasium at Wayne Elementary as a student assembly buzzed with nervous anticipation.
When the cart was uncovered, the volume in the room suddenly exploded to a near concert-like level as the kids screamed with joy at what was underneath — brand new footballs and dodge balls and hula hoops and jump ropes . . . and even a couple of rubber chickens.
The new recess equipment was a surprise gift to the students from the Wayne Elementary Boosters (WEB) organization, which has been raising funds to help out the school with items that also included a new sound speaker system where the announcement was made.
The new equipment was a $1,300 donation made by WEB and presented Thursday afternoon at the school during a late-day assembly. The organization has raised more than $15,000 since the start of the school year, providing the new sound system in the gymnasium, as well as a new non-fiction collection of books for the library and back-to-school supplies for the teachers. The group also paid for a recent bus trip a number of students took to view the eclipse in Central City.
WEB recently held a Fun Run for elementary students on Sept. 22 at Kern Track, raising almost $5,700 from pledges turned in by 164 students. Students ran around the track and received a banana donated by Pac N Save, as well as a reusable water bottle from Wayne State College. Volunteers from the student-athletes at Wayne State, along with parents, staff members and others in the community, helped out with staffing for the event.
The top four fundraisers for the Fun Run were recognized at Thursday’s assembly, including:
First place – Brooklyn Jones ($228, winner of one-year family membership to the Wayne Community Activity Center)
Second place – Josie Ley ($190, winner of a Wayne High sports activity pass for a family of four)
Third place – Liam Rockhill ($155, winner of a free registration to Wayne State Junior Cats basketball camp and youth track and field meet)
Drawing winner – Evan Bose (winner of a season family pass to the swimming pool at the Wayne Community Activity Center)
In addition, the Wayne High Athletic Booster Club made a presentation to the students who were the top sellers in the club’s annual Blue Devil Discount Card fundraiser. The Top eight sellers, with number of cards sold in parenthesis, were:
First – Mason Beatty (68)
Second – Kyla Krusemark (65)
Third – Jala Krusemark (41)
Fourth – Drew Miller (37)
Fifth – Many VanHorn (34)
Sixth – Lindsay Niemann (31)
Seventh – Jase Dean (28)
Eighth – Katie Reynolds (28)