BLUE RIDGE-OAKLAND: Oakland Junior High to kick off monthly Subway fundraiser

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 | 6:17 p.m. CDT; updated 7:19 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 4, 2011

COLUMBIA — Oakland Junior High School will have its first community night fundraiser of the school year Thursday at three Subway restaurants.

The fundraiser will take place at three Subway locations: 2716 Paris Road near Gerbes, near Hickman High School at 607 Business Loop 70 and at 27 Conley Road.

Fifteen percent of the food purchased between 4 and 8 p.m. will go to Oakland Junior High School. No flier or coupon is required to participate.

The fundraiser will repeat the first Thursday of every month through May.

"Our thought is that parents might be more willing to take their kids out to eat on Thursday to help the school versus buy trinkets or other material things that other schools might sell," principal Kim Presko said. "Everyone has to eat."

Presko said the school began the fundraisers last year and raised close to $1,000 over five nights. Presko said she hopes to make at least the same amount of money as last year, if not more.

Proceeds support the Oakland Family Association Fund. One of its biggest projects allows teachers to apply for grants to develop innovative lessons or buy equipment and materials for the classroom.

"In the past, teachers with that grant money have been able to put on demonstrations for the kids," Presko said.  "They will ask the association to provide more equipment so that the kids can be in small groups and do hands-on experiments."

In the past, the Oakland Family Association has funded a student response system, which has allowed teachers to get immediate feedback on whether students understand the material they're teaching.

"A lot of things our teachers want to do but don’t have the funds to purchase materials to engage the kids," Presko said. "This is another avenue to request materials that engage students in their learning."

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