Shepard Elementary School PTSO to host Stallion Stampede

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Shepard Elementary School Parent Teacher Student Organization will host its 10th annual Stallion Stampede from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the school grounds, 2616 Shepard Blvd.

The event will include a bounce house, putting greens, jousting with pillows, a silent auction and various other carnival-type games, member Beth Cunningham said. Shepard teachers will also compete in a tricycle race.

Participants also can take a hayride or pose for pictures with a pony at the event.

Wristbands for the event cost $5 and include endless games and prizes for children. Lunch will be provided by Stadium Grill and costs $6 for adults and $4 for children.

“For less than ten bucks, kids can get lunch and play all the games,” Cunningham said, “and one-hundred percent of the profit goes to Shepard school.”

In addition to Shepard students, their families and Shepard alumni, the community is invited as well.

The event is the organization's biggest fundraiser of the year, Cunningham said. The proceeds go to a variety of things that aren’t funded by the school district, such as field trips and additional technology in the classroom.

Shepard principal JoNetta Weaver said the event usually brings in about $9,000 after expenses.

“What’s more important than even the money is the sense of community it brings,” Cunningham said. “This is an activity that kids look forward to every year. They know it's going to happen, so it's a way that kids, families and teachers can interact outside of school and the classroom, just have fun, celebrate being a Shepard Stallion.”

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