BEND, OR -- Local high school athletes will benefit from a $10,000 donation, following a month-long fundraising effort. All Season's RV & Marine raised money throughout the month of October to be split among area high school athletic programs.
Redmond Schools Superintendent Mike McIntosh tells KBND News donations like this are a vital part of providing extra curricular programs. "We try hard to maintain our general fund dollars going to classroom instruction. And, we have things like athletics and field trips and improvements and equipment that we need scholarships for. And so, typically PTOs [Parent/Teacher Organizations], businesses like All Seasons who have a ‘drive’ if you will, and individuals, those dollars go to support kids." He adds, "We have a high rate of poverty in our community. So, if a kid wants to play basketball and can’t afford the pay to play fee or the uniforms and shoes and clothes, then these businesses and organizations help sponsor those kids that need a little extra support."
All Seasons RV & Marine gave $200 for each unit sold in October, and collected donations during weekly pancake feeds. The Redmond School District received just over $3,300 for its two high schools and The Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine schools received just over $6,600.