Sand Ridge students raise $20,000 for new electronic school sign

Thursday , September 28, 2017 - 5:15 AM

ANNA BURLESON, Standard-Examiner Staff

ROY — Sand Ridge Junior High School has a new digital marquee on the school sign thanks in part to how much the students there like chocolate.

Over the course of last school year, students raised about $20,000 in chocolate bar sales which went toward the purchase of a new electronic marquee and school sign.

School secretaries Tami Foit and Kerri Butler spearheaded the project. Butler now works at a different school.

Foit said parents, students and school staff got behind getting a new sign because theirs was outdated compared to other area schools.

“It’s more flashy and the parents will look at it,” she said. “It’s just a nice addition to Sand Ridge.”

The existing sign had been in use for more than 20 years, Foit said, and student government representatives were tasked with manually attaching plastic lettering throughout the week to change the sign’s messaging.

“They had to minimize what to say, what was most important, because we only had so many letters,” Foit said.

Student Body President Sam Kennedy, a ninth grade student, said they would even have to stand out in the snow to change the sign so he’s excited about the new electronic one.

“It was a really fun fundraiser,” he said. “Everybody participated.”

Kennedy said students could purchase 60-bar boxes or buy them individually. Those who bought larger quantities sometimes sold them to fellow students out of their lockers, especially when the coveted caramel kind ran low in the school’s office. 

Foit even wrapped the candy bars in various holiday-themed wrapping paper to sell more, making them into candy grams on Valentines Day or Mother’s Day presents.

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Even though the sign was installed Wednesday, Sept. 27, there were still nine boxes of almond chocolate bars left — everyone’s least favorite.

Through a computer, the new Creative Design sign will be able to display messages about upcoming events, important dates or even birthdays.

Principal Clyde Moore said Foit’s commitment to the project played a large part in its success.

“Without her we wouldn’t be getting a marquee right now,” he said.

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