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What: 2012 Moffat County Booster Club meeting
When: 6:30 p.m. April 12
Where: Auditorium at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane
— For more information about the meeting or the Booster Club, call club president Tony Peroulis at 824-4445.
“To promote and encourage the academic, artistic, athletic and extracurricular pursuits of student life at Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School, and to enhance school spirit throughout the schools and our community, through the provision of resources and financial assistance to their organized activities.”
— Moffat County Booster Club mission statement
Mark Samuelson stood in front of about 30 people Wednesday in the Moffat County High School auditorium.
As vice president of the Moffat County Booster Club, Samuelson had one simple message for anyone interested in signing up.
“This is the most important time to be here,” he said. “If you are here in the beginning, you can help set the course of how this club goes and how we can help the schools.”
The Booster Club had their first official membership drive Wednesday, and Samuelson and club president Tony Peroulis estimated they had about 50 to 60 members signed up as of Wednesday night.
With budget cuts hitting schools across the country, Samuelson said the mission of the Booster Club is to help financially support extracurricular activities at MCHS and Craig Middle School.
“The biggest way to help our programs is to do so through our community, through volunteers and through businesses,” he said. “We want to see improvements in our facilities and our uniforms and just provide an opportunity for our kids to perform and see more kids participate.”
On top of athletics, the Booster Club will also support drama, speech and debate, choir, and band.
Peroulis said the Booster Club does not aim to replace funding for extracurricular activities, rather to aide in funding.
“We think all parties should be held accountable to help from administration to coaches to parents, kids and the community,” he said. “The bar has been low for so long, but we want to raise it and show that kids can excel here.”
Jeff Simon, MCHS assistant principal and athletic director, said he fully supports the Booster Club and its goal to help local schools.
“They see there is a need and they want to step up and help, and I think they are doing an amazing thing,” Simon said. “We had a lot of coaches in attendance at the membership drive and I think we just need to get everyone to support this so we can help the kids.”
Simon said parents, coaches and administration don’t always see eye-to-eye on where to facilitate funds, but with help from the Booster Club more concerns can be met.
“I think the Booster Club can help bring everyone together and work as a team to accomplish a common goal,” he said. “Anytime you have people backing you, helping you move forward, it is a step in the right direction.”
Samuelson was a student in the first graduating class to attend MCHS when the new school building opened in 1982.
In 30 years, he said not much has changed as far as improvements to facilities.
Peroulis said while the club is in the early stages of taking donations, members have ideas for ways to raise money.
“We have met with administration and Simon and we have talked about doing an end-of-the-year banquet to celebrate our seniors, and we can sell tickets to that,” he said. “We’ve also discussed having the 1967 MCHS football team, the last team to play for a state championship, return next season and we can have a prime rib dinner the night before to honor them.
“At both of those, we can have students in athletics or in clubs work them so they can be part of raising the money.”
Eric Hamilton, the MCHS boys varsity basketball coach, became a member along with his wife Wednesday.
Hamilton said he’s anxious to see what affect the Booster Club will have on the programs.
“The great people running this want to help the kids achieve their highest potential, and that tells you they are going in the right direction,” he said. “As a coach, you always want the best stuff for your guys, but financially that is impossible. Any help we can get financially is going to be huge for the team.
“The Booster Club is another form of the community pride we have here in Craig.”
The Booster Club will have a booth at the 29th annual Spring Expo today and Saturday at Centennial Mall, and Samuelson encourages anyone interested to come visit.
The next club meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 12 in the MCSH auditorium.
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