Traditions run deep at Excelsior Springs High School when the boys and girls of ESHS start planning their offensive and defensive plays for the annual Powder Puff Flag Football Game. Held between the junior and senior classes, the football game is just one of many ways the students pull their efforts together to raise money for prom.
“Our prom costs approximately $7,500,” explained Christen Everett, ESHS journalism teacher and prom coordinator. “The more money we make through fundraisers, the cheaper we can make prom tickets for the students.”
The girls playing football will be coached by boys from their classes and although winning is always great, the students know that having fun is most important.
“This is always a fun event for everyone. It is a fun tradition that raises money for prom, so it’s a win-win,” said Everett.
The Powder Puff game will be played at ESHS Tiger Stadium on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.; gates will open at 6:30 p.m. Everett said that no activity passes will be accepted that evening because it is a fundraiser, and that entry to the game is $5 per person. Concessions will be available that evening as well.
In the past tickets to prom have cost students $40 apiece, but Everett said with the addition of Powder Puff Football and Powder Buff Volleyball, the students at ESHS have managed to bring that cost down to $20 apiece. “These fundraisers have really helped to bring the out-of-pocket cost for students down. The more people from the community that come out to watch the game, the more we can help the graduating class of 2014,” Everett added.
By Jae Juarez • firstname.lastname@example.org