(Pavillion, WY) – It’s been a tradition at Wind River for the last 12 years to celebrate Service Week during the early part of February.
This year the school has identified Wind River Learning Academy teacher Mara Mills for their fundraising efforts.
Mills is battling cancer and the funds raised will help her in traveling and lodging expenses while she receives treatment at an oncology center in Denver.
“Our goal is to raise $10,000,” Wind River high school secretary Stacey Wempen said.
Throughout the week various fundraising activities have taken place to help meet the goal.
Monday for $10 students were allowed to wear their hats inside the building for the week, it raised $180.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the staff played Elmo songs over the school intercom and only shut it off when the students raised $75 the first day, with a target of $100 on Thursday.
Wednesday evening offers a brisket dinner sponsored by the Wind River FFA beginning at 6:30 pm.
A bake sale at the boys and girls basketball game with Big Piney on Tuesday raised $600.
Though it was not part of the Service Week fundraising effort, basketball officials Brian Tucker, Brandon Kidgell, and Larry Woodington wore orange lanyards and orange whistles in honor of Wind River Elementary student Nixon David who passed away last year in an automobile accident. Orange was Nixon’s favorite color.
Thursday at 7 pm students will have a movie night in the Wind River gym with an admission price of $5
The final individual event is a highlight for Fremont County sports fans when the unbeaten Class 2-A Southwest Wyoming Indian Chiefs face the unbeaten Wind River Cougars in a battle for first place in the conference. Admission is $3 per person, with donations taken as well.
Junior varsity games begin at noon, with the girls at 1:30 pm and the boys game at 3 pm.
An online auction has been going on all week, with bidding closing on Saturday.
You can reach the auction site here.
The following businesses and individuals have donated to the fundraising effort:
- Main Street Chiropractic
- Java Java
- Details Salon
- Alan Sinner Photography
- K3 Ranch
- Ruby Ranch
- Fremont Stoneworx
- Hi Mountain Seasoning
- Denke Fams
- Genuine Meats
- Sweet Surprises
- Health Source- Dr. Jonathan Faubion
- Glow up/Sarah Remacle
- Bake Goods by Yoders
- Woodward’s Floral
- BK Leather
- High Plains Power
- Anne Fowler
- The Davids
- Lori Davidson
- Dusty Britain
- Dan Bowcutt
- Wind River Staff and Students
- Kelli Walker
- Sally Crank
- Purple Sage Lumber-ER Perry
- Brandy Mickelson
- Wind River Kitchen Staff
- Sara Kassens
- Tammy and Steve Lynn
- The Neubauers
- The C’Bearings
- Brian Tucker
- Bill and Maurine Miller