RCHS surprises staff member with fundraiser
Students, teachers to raise $1,000 for Katie’s Kloset
REED CITY — After a bet between Reed City High School Principal Matt Hudson and staff member Dave Scharlow, RCHS is setting out to raise $1,000 for Katie’s Kloset, a nonprofit created in honor of Scharlow’s daughter, who died of cancer in 2012.
“Dave’s got a huge heart, so we’re happy to do this,” Hudson said, adding that the nonprofit also works closely with Reed City Area Public Schools in providing clothing to kids in need.
The fundraiser will take place through Friday, and there are many ways staff, students and community members may get involved, he said.
To help raise money, RCHS grade levels will compete in a penny war throughout the week. The grade who brings in the most pennies will be the winner, and all penny donations will go toward the nonprofit.
Also, students will have the chance to participate in a hat day during the week. Students must pay $1 for the hat, with all hat-day collections benefiting the fundraiser as well.
Additionally, Gerber Construction will be matching up to $3,000 in donations.
An assembly will be held at the school Friday, where staff will show Scharlow how much they have raised. If they reach their $1,000 goal, the school will vote on what they want Scharlow to wear.
Hudson said he got the idea to raise money for Katie’s Kloset after a “hilarious” picture of Scharlow was taken.
“I have this really crazy picture of Dave where he didn’t shave all year, and I thought it would be funny to get it on a t-shirt,” Hudson explained.
Each shirt was sold for $6, but Hudson, along with the rest of RCHS staff, decided to round the cost to $10, in order to make a $4 donation to Katie’s Kloset. By doing this, they were able to raise $165 for the nonprofit.
Additionally, Hudson said because Scharlow wears cargo shorts and a t-shirt year-round, staff members decided to surprise Dave with the $165, while wearing their “Dave” shirts and cargo pants at an assembly.
“Dave had no idea we were planning on doing this,” Hudson said. “So, as a joke, I asked him, ‘What would we have to do to get you to wear something else?’ and he said, ‘I’ll wear whatever you want if you raise $1,000 for Katie’s Kloset.’”
With a new goal, staff held an assembly Thursday, surprising Scharlow not only with their “Dave” Shirts, cargo shorts and the $165 for Katie’s Kloset, but also with a plan to raise $1,000 in a week.
“We really weren’t expecting this to get as big as it’s gotten,” Hudson said. “We have the greatest staff and students, and I’m so proud. We like to call this coyotes helping coyotes.”
For more information on how to donate or how to purchase a “Dave” shirt, contact Reed City High School at 231-832-2224. Donations will be accepted until 11 a.m. Friday.