East kicks off HOPE campaign
In an effort to make sure every Tomcat has the opportunity to succeed, the East Aurora School District has kicked of its 165 HOPE campaign to raise money for academic, athletic and art programs which some students couldn’t otherwise afford.
In conjunction with the district’s 165th anniversary, the HOPE (Help Our Pupils Excel) campaign aims to raise $165,000 and provide opportunities for East Aurora’s underprivileged students.
School Board President Annette Johnson said the funding drive is near and dear to her own heart because of the opportunities she was awarded as a former Tomcat.
“As a young adult I was very shy,” Johnson said. “(Sports programs) made me the person I am today. They taught me how to be aggressive, work as a team, and acquire all of those skills that sometimes students don’t get exposed to. It’s really important that kids have those opportunities.”
The money will be distributed to students based on financial need, Johnson said. Students will be asked to submit an application for funding, and explain what the benefits of the program would be. Camps can range anywhere from $100 to $500 to attend.