Sulphur Bluff school has several projects under way this fall, including a blood drive, climb for cystic fibrosis, supply drive to benefit soldiers, recycling projects, leadership opportunities and more.
The SB High School Beta Club is hosting a blood drive Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria in honor of George Dorner, proprietor of Dorner’s Store who has recently had some serious health problems from which he is still recuperating, according to school staff.
Dorner has a long history of involvement in the community and commitment to the school. George Dorner and his brother, Bert, served on the SB school board for years — including during the years their children attended school at the Bluff. At least two of George and Patricia’s three children — Karen Dorner Powers and Brian Dorner — graduated from SBISD; they have one other son, Timmy Dorner. Now, Patricia and George have grandchildren at SBISD. And, the tradition of service established by George and Bert continues today, with son Brian and son-in-law Donnie Powers; both men currently serve on SBISD’s Board of Trustees.
Those who wish to give blood to benefit George Dorner can do so at the school Wednesday. For more information, contact Beta Club sponsor Tressie South at 903-945-2460 during school hours.
The Sulphur Bluff Future Farmers of America Chapter is getting ready for the Oct. 12 FFA Leadership Camp, which is being hosted at Chisum school by FFA District officers. Tyler Raine is among that delegation of district FFA officers.
Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser
The Beta Club also is once agin planning to join Dallas Fire Department Saturday, Oct. 19, as they raise funds and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, an organization dedicated to research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects 30,000 children and young adults in the U.S. The “CF Climb: Stepping Up to Cure Cystic Fibrosis” will be held in Bank of America Plaza or the “Green Building,” the tallest building in Dallas. The business has donated the building, staircases and lobby for the event.
To give the younger students at the school a chance to be involved too, coin boxes were sent home with all elementary students to collection donations for CFF. Coin boxes are due in by Thursday, Oct. 17. The grade raising the most money will win an ice cream party.
Sulphur Bluff Bets Club is also hosting Trucking for Troops. Donations are being sought to send to soldiers serving in a branch of the service away from home. Some requested items including things most consider essentials, such as personal hygiene products, while others are snacks, supplies or items to help give soldiers that extra boost. The items the school is most hoping to collect are cards and letters. Also requested were: beef jerky or Slim Jims, powdered drink mix, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts (peanuts, mixed nuts, etc.), microwavable food (popcorn, Chef Boyardee macaroni and cheese in bowls/cups), Rice Krispies treats, oatmeal packs, caffeinated gum, toiletries, hand sanitizer, body wash, liquid soap, facial cleanser, deodorant, lip balm, tissues, sunblock, vitamin E, aloe vera gel, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cough drops, band aids, gauze pads, first aid kits, batteries, pre-paid phone cards, religious booklets, small Bibles, inspirational readings and k-9 items (dog treats, dog toys, dog shampoo and flea collars). Items can be turned in to the SBISD office through Oct. 18.
Fifth and sixth grade students at SBISD are still collecting dried-up markers. The students are studying eco-friendly practices. They are collecting the old markers to send to Crayola, where they will be used to make clean-burning fuel. Drop donations in the collection boxes in the school office or by Renee Week’s sixth grade classroom.
The school, in its continued efforts to “go green,” will once again be accepting donations of old, used printer and toner cartridges. The items will be recycled, with proceeds going to buy-much needed classroom materials. To donate or for more information, contact Weeks at the school.
Sulphur Bluff PTO has two events scheduled this month, the Pumpkin Patch and the SB Halloween Carnival.
Volunteers are still needed to help with the Pumpkin Patch, including to assist with set up Thursday, Oct. 17 and at the Oct. 18 event. Contact the school or a PTO officer to sign up.
The annual Halloween Carnival will be held Oct. 25. Each class through sixth grade will have a basket for the silent/live auction, which will be during intermission of bingo. Donations of baked goods and bingo prizes are needed. Each teacher will have a booth. The teachers will have the option for either 10 percent of their booth funds to go to PTO or 5 percent of the basket proceeds going to PTO. Teachers are also responsible for prizes at their booth. Tickets for the carnival will be sold the week before the carnival.
The third and fourth grade classes will be hosting the Country Store again this year. They will be collecting donations of good, clean garage sale items such as stuffed animals, movies, books, video gams, household decorations, dolls, plants, purses, toys, perfume, flowers, frames, games, puzzles, pictures and jewelry. Clothes and shoes will not be accepted. Donations can be brought to Tanya Massey’s third grade classroom or to Lori Green’s fourth grade classroom, starting the week of Oct. 7 and continuing through Oct. 23.
SB Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter is selling raffle tickets for $2 each or six for $10 for a “Garden Quilt” made by one of the classes. Each student in the class was responsible for making their own appliquéd square. All 20 squares were put together to form one quilt, outlined with one pink and purple stipe each. The quilt depicts various aspects of nature including a frog, flowers and a butterfly, each as unique as the student who created it. The winner of the Garden Quilt will be announced during the Oct. 25 Halloween Carnival. For raffle tickets, contact FCCLA members or sponsor Janie Vandiver.
“The Fast Web & School Soup: Scholarship Tips” will open Monday, Oct. 7. Websites that can be used to help seniors search for national scholarships will be introduced. Spartan Aeronautics will present “The Financial Benefits of College” on Oct. 15. Those interested in participating in Texas A&M University-Commerce’s College Preview Day can register on the college website to attend the “Main Event” on Oct. 19. Seniors are reminded that they are allowed two days to visit colleges, but must get an application from — SBISD Dean of Students Jill Mahan and receive approval from Principal Amy Northcutt before using each college day.
Students interested in earning money for college will want to make note of two approaching deadlines, too.
The Voice of Democracy competition deadline is Oct. 21. Veterans of Foreign Wars awards several scholarships annually through the program. Winners of area contests advance forward at various levels, with the top in the country competing for one $30,000 scholarship. Students should see Mahan or their English teacher for more information.
The deadline to apply for a Coca-Cola Scholarship Foundation Inc. scholarship is Oct. 31. Coca-Cola awards 50 scholarships of $20,000 each and 200 scholarships of $10,000 to current high school seniors with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
Students are reminded to check the website of any college or university they are considering applying to as most offer departmental scholarships.
Hunter Safety Education
FFA sponsor and agriscience teacher Ron Abner is planning a Hunter Safety Course for later this month. The class is open to all interested parties. The fee to participate will be $15 per person. The minimum age to be certified is 9 years. Younger children will be welcome to attend at no charge if accompanied by a parent. A hunter safety course is required for anyone born after 1971 or if hunting outside Texas. Abner is still waiting on the paperwork needed to start the course, so the exact date has yet to be set; although it’s tentatively scheduled for the third week of October. The information will be announced as soon as it’s available. For more information, contact Abner at 903-945-2460, ext. 3006.
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