Oceanside students cap Spirit Week with contribution to Bleacher Fund Project
Rockland — Spirit Week at Oceanside High School's East Campus culminated in a barrage of activities Friday, Sept. 20, including students making a significant donation to a school improvement project.
At the end of that school day the students and staff gathered in the auditorium for talent show entertainment from each of the classes. The seniors won the talent show with a dance number that included nearly every member of the Class of 2014. The festivities then moved to the gymnasium for the relay race — won by the junior class — and a scavenger hunt, with the juniors tying the seniors for first place.
Prior to announcing the winning class for Spirit Week, Sam Dienesch-Calamari, on behalf of the student body and student government, presented the Oceanside Boosters with a check for $1,000 toward the Oceanside Bleacher Fund Project.
The students raised the money through class competitions in the penny wars and bottle drives, said Greg Billingsley, Oceanside Boosters president.
Spirit Week concluded with the announcement that in a close competition and for the first time, the junior class finished in first place, with seniors taking second and sophomores third.
The Oceanside Bleacher Project is a fundraising drive sponsored by the Oceanside Boosters to raise $26,000 to replace the bleachers in the gym at Oceanside East.
The boosters started the Bleacher Project in the summer and raised money though working parking lots for donations during festival season in Rockland.
The boosters are matching the student's Spirit Week donation with concession stand proceeds during the football season. With these contributions the Bleacher Fund now has more than $3,400.
There is a website for alumni and community contributions set up at gofundme.com/Oside-Bleacher=Project. In addition the boosters sent letters to the local business community seeking support and donations. The boosters still need help and support, Billingsley said.