Students at Riverton and Bingham high schools wrapped up their monthlong holiday charity drives Dec. 19. Although the fundraising is over, many will be forever changed by the experience.
Silver Rush has become more than a fundraiser to Riverton Students and the student body officers pride themselves on choosing charities that will not only change the lives of people receiving the donations but for the student body themselves. This year they chose to raise funds for the Family Support Center and to focus on ways to strengthen the families at Riverton High. In three weeks they raised $82,237.09.
“We always choose our issue first,” said Student Body President Sam Butterfield. “A tremendous amount of thought goes into choosing an issue that affects the majority of the student body. We met as school leaders, discussed what we wanted, what would help the student body the most. After a few days the student body officers chose the issue of Strengthening Families.”
The kickoff assembly was held Dec. 1 and the student body was off and running. From doing odd jobs to earn cash such as shoveling driveways to hosting a benefit concert featuring Jon Schmidt, hosting a Battle of the Bands and having an all-night camp out, Bingham students raised $63,296.95 for their sub for Santa program during their monthlong activities. The money raised was divided among the Utah Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, as well as helping 100 families with Christmas.
The student body wanted to focus its efforts on making a difference in several ways. One such way was a benefit concert featuring John Canaan. The concert was held Dec. 11 to help a local mom Dana Geddes with medical bills incurred through expensive treatments for breast cancer.
“Through these events and fundraising at school we are tying to make a difference this holiday season, not only for those in need of monetary help, but also those with medical needs,” said Terri Carter, public relations coordinator.
Bingham also held a carnival and the Bingham High School Candlelight Services, a longstanding tradition started by music teacher Joel P. Jensen in 1937.