Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

November 21, 2013

Stew-Stras revives boosters club

Jackson Adams
Effingham Daily News

STRASBURG — Stewardson-Strasburg School Board approved creating an Athletic Boosters Club at its meeting Thursday.

The purpose of the club, which was brought before the board by Kellie Koester, is to raise funds for athletic organizations independently as financial hardships continue to plague the district.

"It will basically create a financial cushion for the district," she said.

Koester said the group will hopefully be able to provide money for the purchase of practice gear, new jerseys and other supplies for the district, offsetting some of the cost the school would normally pay. The district has had other booster clubs in the past. But they have been dissolved after organizers would leave the group when their children graduated or left athletics. Koester said that could still be a challenge the new organization would face.

"We understand this isn't going to happen overnight," she said. "People can still leave when their kids leave school. We need to focus on what is here and now."

Koester said the boosters plan on organizing golf outings in the spring, as well as trivia nights and a membership drive. She said the organization may also raise money by selling decals and seeking businesses that could earn certain perks through donations, such as advertisements on the school's marquee.

Members of the board were receptive to the idea.

"I think it's a wonderful thing you want to step up and do this," said board President Randy Porter. "You certainly have my support."

The board approved the creation of the athletic booster club, which will be seeking members in the future.