The United Way of Van Wert County teamed up with Van Wert City Schools to bring Cougars United back for a second year. Modeled from Rivals United, a competition between Crestview and Lincolnview Local Schools, Van Wert has adapted unique ways to raise funds for the United Way and their school.
Back in August, Van Wert City School staff members kicked off the campaign season by pledging $8,000 from employee contributions. January 16th-20th, students were challenged in different competitions to raise money on behalf of High School and Middle School. Each day, they competed for a Super Fan contest on social media, which featured a staff member and student dressed in that day’s spirit theme. At the Girls Basketball game on Monday, a granny shoot competition earned the High School an additional sponsorship. The Student Council conducted a change war during their lunch period. On Friday, student council members collected change in the parking lots before school to help their total. Selected staff and students completed a Lip Sync challenge shared on social media. The week ended with a pep assembly with a dodgeball competition and a lot of Cougar Spirit! The students were able to raise $2,890 from their activities, with 50% of the proceeds going back to the school for a project decided by the student council.
Together, Van Wert City Schools staff and students raised a combined total of $11,225.73 for the United Way. Thank You Van Wert!