Linton 5th & 6th grade students hold annual candy bar fund-raiser
The fund-raiser was started in 1995, and the proceeds go toward sponsoring free Middle School events, including birthday prizes for students, honor roll incentives, fifth and sixth grade roller-skating night in Herreid (SD), and the annual Lip Sync Contest.
The remaining money is used for improvement needs in the elementary and middle schools. Improvement items purchased in the past include benches in the middle school lobby, hallways, locker rooms and playground; personal lockers for grades K-5, a video camera to tape school events, several informational display cases, lockers in the locker rooms of the Elementary Gym, new shelving in the Middle School, a new playground fence, and volleyball equipment for the playground.
Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward a new jungle gym that will be erected on the playground this summer.
Each student in grades five and six is given 40 candy bars to sell initially, and the students have 15 selling days, in which they are asked to sell at least 40 bars. This year, the sale ran from March 18-April 2. After selling 40 bars, students can pick up more candy bars to sell. To add incentive, cash prizes were awarded to the top 10 salespeople. That includes $30 for the top seller, $25 for 2nd Place, $20 for 3rd Place, $15 for 4th Place, $12.50 for 5th Place and $10 for 6th-10th Place. Also, students receive a $5 cash prize for every 100 bars they sell.
Each day, students signed a slip for each candy bar they sold, and five candy bars were given away by drawing from those slips. A $5 cash prize was also awarded at the end of each week in a drawing from the slips.
Jack Sannes, a fifth-grader, sold the most candy bars (880) in this year’s event. Tate Scherr was second with 680, and Bailey Hulm placed third with 613 bars sold. Christian Heer sold 600 bars to place 4th, Kaylee Werlinger finished in 5th place with 440 bars sold, Nathaniel Geestman sold 392 bars to place 6th; and Shelby Kelsch and Kaitlyn Gefroh tied for 7th place with 360 bars sold. Raane Schiermeister (334), Shelby Bosch (320) and Shyanne Berger (320) rounded out the top 10 sellers.
Students who sold 200 (5 boxes) or more candy bars included Carsen Lee (318), Parker Gerving (302), Chandler Nagel (280), Michael Kramer (280), Warren Wangler (280), Paul McCrory (276), Alex Kelly (240) and Rachel Green (204).