On Saturday from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Elkin High School senior Christian Wilson will hold a Bingo and BBQ fundraiser in the Elkin Elementary School cafeteria to raise funds to improve the sound systems used throughout Elkin City Schools.
A package of 25 cards will cost $25. All monies will go toward the purchase of the mobile sound system for the schools. Prizes will be awarded to Bingo winners.
BBQ sandwiches and canned drinks will be available for purchase with all proceeds also going toward the sound system. Those who do not wish to play Bingo are welcome to stop in for dinner or to take sandwiches home for a no-cook night.
“I was having a hard time deciding what to do for my senior project, and thought it would be a good idea to use it as an opportunity to give back to the school and to the community,” explained Wilson, who during band concerts had noticed the sound system at Dixon Auditorium was substandard. “I decided to submit as a proposal for my project that I would like to organize a fundraiser to purchase an upgrade for the auditorium sound system.”
Although this project was approved, while investigating how best to proceed Wilson met with Britt Shaw, chief technology officer for Elkin City Schools, who informed him that a new sound board had recently been purchased and was soon to be installed. “He suggested that we should look at the car-line system for the elementary school,” explained Wilson, “and a portable system that could be used outside at graduation ceremonies and different events,” which would provide for the elementary, middle and high schools.
The car-line system is used at the elementary and middle schools to help aid in the student pick-up process by allowing the teacher on duty to call out for students as their ride approaches.
Elkin Elementary Principal Pam Colbert is Wilson’s mentor for the project. “Mrs. Colbert and I decided that a Bingo event in the elementary school cafeteria would be an excellent way to raise the funds necessary to purchase one or hopefully both of these items,” expounded Wilson. “We are inviting the community to come out and take part in this wonderful opportunity to give back and support our schools.”
Donations of Bingo prizes are still being accepted and can be dropped off at Fairfield Inn in Elkin where Wilson’s father works or can be picked up by calling Wilson at 336-957-5020 or 336-244-6775 or his mother Victoria at 336-469-3555. Financial donations also are being accepted to help offset costs with any remaining money going to the purchase of the sound system.
“I greatly appreciate [the community’s] support,” stated Wilson, “and I’m honored to be able to give back to our great community.”
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.