The Windsor High School After Prom Committee’s biggest fundraiser of the year was another success.
Every year the committee sells fruit in August with peaches being the No. 1 draw. The nearly $8,000 raised goes toward the after-prom party at the high school in the spring. The after-prom party features a carnival-like atmosphere in the gymnasium including a variety of games, food and prizes for all the Windsor students, even those who don’t attend the prom.
“We had a great time, met a lot of wonderful people, some that have been buying fruit or have been part of the fruit sales in some way since 1997,” said fruit sales chairwoman Pamela Mills. “We have such a wonderful community, they really look forward to the fruit sales every year. When my volunteers were calling people that had bought fruit (in the past years), some would say, ‘Oh, I am so glad you called. I sure didn’t want to miss getting my fruit. I have been buying fruit from WHS for years.’ Others would give you tips on freezing/canning the fruit, or just special recipes.”
Mills said the volunteer help was outstanding once again this year, including FFA students who helped carry the fruit boxes into the customers’ cars.
“This year we not only had wonderful parent volunteers, but we also had 10 to 12 WHS FFA students helping out and help out they did,” Mills said. “I’m not sure what we would have done without them.”
Mills said the fundraiser included 960 boxes of fruit, 25 pounds per box, 24,000 pounds or 12 tons of fruit.
“The money raised through the fruit sales helps every part of after prom as it is our biggest fundraiser,” Mills said. “This year we made $7,758.62, which is awesome! It was better than last year even, and last year was an amazing year.”
Mills said the After Prom Committee is holding a few more fundraisers this year. She said the committee ran the town barbecue at the Harvest Festival (Sept. 1), and will be running Christmas in Windsor, Fine and Funky and the 50/50 at some of the home football games.
“The fruit sales is really important to after prom, not only from a money making opportunity but it also informs the community what Windsor High School and their parents are doing to provide all our kids a safe, fun place to go when the dance itself is over,” Mills said.