BONNE TERRE — The North County Athletic Boosters Club is working hard to improve athletics for the high school.
Jan Hawkins, president of the Booster Club, and Myra Kaiser, secretary/treasurer, work with Athletic Director Bill Martin to coordinate activities and fund-raisers for the athletic program.
Hawkins said the Boosters Club is in desperate need of new members. Monthly meetings are held the first Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the high school commons area.
Over the past few years, boosters have paid for trophies for the state baseball champions, garment bags for basketball players, cheerleading uniforms for 30 girls, senior plaques for senior athletes, half the cost of track uniforms, track supplies, indoor batting cage and half the cost of wrestling warm-ups.
The club promised to pay for the first year of the softball program if the district would continue the program. The club recently made the last payment. It cost $12,775 for the first year.
They recently donated $100 to Band Boosters for their Memorial Day trip to Washington D.C., $300 to Project Graduation, and $100 to Special Olympics.
They host “Meet the Team” banquets for athletes and their families every fall, winter and spring. Awards and door prizes are given out during each event.
They raise money in a variety of different ways. They work concessions at football homecoming games, sell advertising signs for the baseball field, sell ads for winter and fall sports programs, sell sweatshirts and T-shirts designed by Kyle Lotz, and football seat cushions.
They plan to raise money to pay for new wrestling mats, which are estimated to cost about $8,000. The high school will be hosting a tournament next year. They also plan to raise money to repair the high school track.
Hawkins said they would like to thank all of the businesses that have been so supportive of athletic programs through the purchase of ads or donations. She also is very appreciative of the parents for their support.