ROY -- When Payton Flint heard his school was raising money for a new digital marquee, he dived in and started earning money.
Since the beginning of the school year, the Midland Elementary School sixth-grader collected nearly 4,000 box tops to go toward the marquee.
"We had a lot of fundraisers too and I went to a lot of them," he said. "We would go to McDonald's and keep our receipts and they would give us back 20 percent of the cost of the meal to go toward the marquee."
The new $12,000 marquee was unveiled Friday during a special celebration.
"I think it's going to be better for our custodian because he won't have to get up on a ladder and change it all the time anymore," said sixth-grader Kylie Dare. "Now they can just type in the messages to get the word out."
Students, parents and faculty began raising funds for the marquee at the beginning of the school year, said PTA president Kelly Flint, who came up with the idea.
"I honestly didn't think we would raise that kind of money so fast," she said. "I thought it would take several years to be quite honest. Our families are absolutely amazing."
Other fundraisers the students enjoyed participating in were called "Freaky Friday" and "Wacky Wednesday."
"If the students paid $5, they could wear sunglasses, pajamas and crazy hair to school. They could also bring a soda to class," said third-grade teacher Candice Chugg. "They could also just pay a dollar to do one thing, but if they paid the full $5 they also got to chew gum in class for free."
Chugg said she tried to make it fun all year for the kids by sending home weekly reminders to collect box tops and coming up with cheers to chant at the end of the day.
"I've taught here for seven years and I've never seen this close knit of a community," she said. "This fundraiser has brought the community very close together as well as raise our school spirit like never before."
Flint said the marquee will be a lasting mark of the hard work the students and families put forth. As students leave the school, the marquee will remain a part of their legacy.
"Years from now, they will be able to drive by and know they were a big part in making it happen."