Every Penny Helps

WBHS nearly sets record during Charity Week

By Hannah Johnson, Current Staff

Pockets jingling up and down the halls, carts rolling to pick up money, and teachers making bets with each other can only mean that the time of giving has once again arrived at West Bend High Schools. No, this is not the holidays, but something close to it for WBHS students: Charity Week.

The week of February 11-15 was Charity Week, a week dedicated to raising money for various organizations. This year $26,000 was raised for the following charities: Fischer House; Parkinson’s Foundation; Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; Hope for Congo; West Bend Public Schools Foundation; and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

This is the second largest donation total in school history, and seniors can graduate knowing that they raised $100,000 over their four years.  Student Council adviser Matt Hoffmann said he was also impressed by the teachers.

“I am amazed at how many new teachers stepped up on the giving.  It was $9,400 from the [classroom] buckets alone,” said Hoffmann.

The week ended with the Charity Ball on Saturday, February 15.

(Photograph courtesy of Kim Barrett.)


East English teacher Gail Rathsack “tattoos” her colleague Kim Barrett. Rathsack defeated Barrett in their Charity Week coin war, winning the right to paint Barrett’s face.


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