Three boys and three girls at the Southwest Campus were crowned King and Queen after raising the most money to help fund year-end field trips for students.
In all, 35 students contributed to the pot, raising $8,229, said Adiela Lopez, assistant campus director. Winners were declared in each of three categories: PreK, kindergarten through 2nd grade and 3rd through 5th grade.
Students marked the day, April 25, with a pageant and a dance party in the campus multipurpose room.
Jai Cluff, kindergarten, raised $1,805 to top all students. Pre-K student Joy Cook came in second and was tops among girls at $1,000.
The King and Queen winners were as follows:
-PreK Category: Xavier Williams, $700; Joy Cook, $1,000.
-K-2 Category: Jai Cluff, kindergarten, $1,805; Jayla Brown, kindergarten, $700.
-3-5 Category: Joseph Kearney, 4th grade, $180; Darneisha Davis, 5th grade, $100.
The fund-raising drive did not come without incentives. Jai Cluff won a $250 savings bond for raising more than $1,500 and Joy Cook earned a $100 savings bond for raising $1,000 or more. The Kings and Queens also received a trophy and a cape (boys) and sash (girls). Second- and third-place winners in each category were awarded 10 percent of the money they raised, a trophy and membership to the Royal Court. All participants received a certificate of participation and a “dress down day” coupon. Dr. M. Annette Cluff, Varnett’s superintendent, handed out the prizes.
The fundraiser was designed to make year-end field trips affordable to everyone. Thanks to all students, parents and staff who participated in the campaign.
Top photo: Xavier Williams and Joy Cook
Middle photo: Jai Cluff and Jayla Brown
Bottom photo: Joseph Kearney and Darneisha Davis