Superintendent of Perry Township Schools
Perry Township Schools is an outstanding school corporation due in large part to the support we receive from our community. There are hundreds of people who can be seen volunteering their time throughout the schools.
At Perry Meridian High School there is a special group of men – the Dads Club – who volunteer their time at every single home event to man the concession stands. You would be surprised at how just one organization can make such a difference in the lives of our students.
These individuals do a lot more than just sell candy bars, popcorn and soda pop at ball games. These dedicated individuals donate a lot of their time volunteering in many ways to make an impact in the lives of students.
The club gave an incredible $21,000 back to the school this year and $24,000 the year before. The funds support athletics, music and other programs. The men also cook for special events and provide items for the senior picnic and other events.
Because of the funds, the music department has been able to purchase new headset microphones, and cellos and pay the entry fees for students who could not afford to participate. The club gave back to the school to help teachers fund special projects in their classrooms.
The club’s history dates back to the beginning of the school 44 years ago. I continue to be amazed at the number of fathers who continue to volunteer their time even though their children graduated years ago. They simply want to contribute to a cause that will continue to impact the lives of children. They say it’s something the students appreciate, and it is for that reason the club continue to serve.
Whenever I stop by at games, these men are focused on getting drinks and hot dogs ready for customers but they have fun ringing the bell every time they receive a tip.
Over the past three years the club has donated more than 1,500 volunteer hours for football season, 540 hours during volleyball and 2,400-plus hours for boys and girls basketball. When you include wrestling events, musicals, plays and music contests, these dedicated men donated more than 6,000 hours over the past three years. This doesn’t include all the time needed to prepare for all of the events.
If you’re interested in getting involved with the Dads Club, there is a $20 annual fee or $100 lifetime fee. Call 789-4400 if you are interested in making a difference.