DB Spanish Club sets ambitious, generous goal

Sue Guinn Legg • May 10, 2012 at 8:34 AM

The Spanish Club at Daniel Boone High School is on a mission to raise $10,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Washington County Relay for Life coming up next month at Indian Trail Middle School.

Team members began work in March and have so far raised about $2,000, selling Relay for Life T-shirts, paper replicas of the overnight relay’s moon and stars logo, paper feet to represent the team’s participation in the walking relay and Relay for Life luminaries, which are lit and placed along the track on the night of the benefit in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those who have died.

The team also has sponsored a schoolwide Hat Day and a Big Breakfast Challenge to generate donations. On Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, the team will host a community yard sale in the high school’s front parking lot that has potential to put them over their $10,000 goal.

Due to an untimely back injury, Daniel Boone Spanish teacher Robert Rose, also known as the “Human Pinata,” will not be at his post in a cherry picker elevated above the parking lot yard sale as planned, but he will assist the team in several other capacities, including coordinating the sale of vendor spaces that are still available to anyone who would like join in. The requested donation is $20 for a two-parking space vendor slot but, in the keeping with yard sale tradition, Rose said he’s willing to negotiate.

Rose also is coordinating donations of yard sale items, which may be brought to the school today between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., after school today if needed by calling Rose at 794-8241 or anytime during the two-day sale. All yard sale donations should be clean and in good condition. All proceeds from donated sale items will go to the ACS and items not sold will go to a charity thrift store.

Fresh grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and other concessions will be available for purchase at the sale, along with the team’s Relay for Life luminaries, T-shirts and paper logos and feet.

Regardless of whether they make their goal, Rose said he and the team members are vastly appreciative of the Daniel Boone students, faculty and staff and others in the community for their many contributions. At school, the team is especially grateful to students Sarah Davenport and Chandler Fox, who are neck and neck in a race to sell the most Relay T-shirts, student Vas Bennett, whose $80 Hat Day donation was the largest the team received, and to Mr. Nivens’ first-period math class for collecting $144 in ACS donations to win the Big Breakfast Challenge.

Outside of school, the team members’ greatest esteem goes to Jerry and Beverly Lovegrove, owners of Woodcraft at 2913 Boones Creek Road, for not only offering the their $1 paper Relay items for sale at the shop but also matching each sale dollar for dollar. The team also appreciates Old Hickory Buildings on the Bristol Highway for the loan and delivery of a two-story yard building for storage of items donated for the yard sale.

Rose, who has several family members who have battled cancer, also expressed his personal appreciation to the team and those who have supported them.

“Daniel Boone has an awesome student body and a great faculty. They’re some of the most giving people you’d ever want to meet and they have a very positive influence in the community,” he said.

Finally Rose said, the team is welcoming anyone who wishes to join them June 29 at the Relay to visit their webpage at http://main.acsevents.org//goto//dbhs or call Rose at 794-8241 to sign up.

The seventh annual Mountain Music Fest to help support the Adult Day Services program in Johnson City will be held Friday night at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium, beginning at 6 p.m.

It’s a new venue and a new evening scheduling for the popular benefit that has sold out in six consecutive years of Sunday afternoon performances at Memorial Theater at Mountain Home. All hopes are the larger arena and the evening show date will add to the proceeds to help support the day service program for seniors and disabled adults who need a safe and structured place to spend their days while their families are at work.

This year’s featured artist are The Boxcars and IIIrd Tyme Out. Former Miss Johnson City Jessica Nixon and her band River Run will open the show and bluegrass guru Tim White will be master of ceremonies. Tickets are $15, $10 for a student with ID and admission is free for children age 6 and younger. Advance tickets are available at all Bank of Tennessee and Carter County Bank locations.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.

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