The Mt. Vernon Middle School (MVMS) raised $2,414.53 for Riley Hospital during “Riley Week” through several activities. The week’s festivities included dress up days, dodge ball tournament, and a homeroom fundraising competition sponsored by the Student Council. Grades 6-8’s teams/classes challenged their students to raise a specified amount up to $500. The school had an overall challenge of raising $2,000. If they met their team/class goal, their teacher would jump in the pool in front of a student-filled audience.
With several teams and classes meeting the financial challenge, students enjoyed watching seven teachers plus Principal Shipley (who was fully dressed in tie and dress shoes) jump in the pool multiple times and compete in a splash-off or belly-flop contest.
A Dodge ball for Riley tournament was held on April 14 and raised a total of $676.25 for Riley Hospital. The student council charged a $5 admission fee for all spectators and participants. The 13 organized teams of six, including one staff team, were also challenged to raise money. Students enjoyed the spirited and competitive environment that evening. Teams dressed in their theme of choice to provide additional entertainment. The Pink Ponies (7th grade boys dressed in pink tie-dye shirts) were this year’s winners.
Dress up days, which kept the fundraising for Riley Hospital on the top of students’ minds throughout the week included: jersey day, twin day, tourist day, pajama day, and Riley red day.
Students enjoyed participating and making a difference by helping Riley Hospital patients and services.