By Clay Schuldt
The S.O.S. Campaign to renovate the Caledonia swimming pool continues to raise support and it seems everyone in the community is getting involved. While volunteers are busy making calls as part of the S.O.S. phone-a-thon, the students at Caledonia Elementary chipped in their support with and were successful in collecting close to $300. This is an impressive sum considering it was collected through a coin drive.
Of course the real reason for the coin drive was to get the students behind the project. As the demographic most likely to use the new swimming pool, it is important to have the support of the youth in the community. As campaign volunteer Carolyn Medin puts it: “It’s not about the money; it’s to get the kids fired up.”
All the money from the coin drive was collected into a jug stored in the school media center. On April 2 the students were given a chance to guess the total contents of the jar. The students with the closet guesses in each class won a free t-shirt. The winners of the contest included: Miranda Schroeder, Arianna Tostenson, Grace Denstad, Teagan Lange, Noah King, Jenny Bauer, Libby Reinhart, Hunter Alfson, Elise Gordo and Davis Twite.
Elementary Media Specialist Sherri White said the coin jar had exactly $272.38 in it, but donations continued coming in even after the deadline.