|3rd grader Katie Brown (Mason) sells cheesecake raffle tickets to 5th grade teacher Matt Schlotman (Mason) as 5th grader Bradley Wier (Mason) looks on.|
September 28, 2005, Mason, Ohio – Royalmont Academy in Mason,
a school with a total enrollment of 147 students, raised
$10,000 from a bake sale Wednesday, September 14, that lasted
one hour to benefit victims of hurricane Katrina.
Each grade was
a separate bakery that could sell and market the products
as they saw fit. For example, a class could sell
brownies for $25 a piece or raffle $1 chances to
win a DJ Christi’s cheesecake. Many unique themes and products
were concocted. The eighth grade tied their products and advertising
to a Mardi Gras theme in connection to the hurricane
victims in New Orleans, offering King cakes and cupcakes in
colors of purple, green, and yellow. First graders got very
creative and sold complete lasagna dinners for a $30 donation.
In honor of college football, the sixth grade featured buckeyes
and displayed their products in football helmets.
Although the grades competed
against each other for a reward to the grade that
brought in the most money, the competition remained friendly, in
keeping with the school’s Christian values which promote such virtues
as generosity, speaking well of others, and kindness. Students were
bound by rules that included good sportsmanship and positive advertising.
Pre-sales were permitted as were advance donations.
The winning class was
the sixth grade, who earned lunch at a local restaurant,
complete with dessert! But of course the real winners are
the children who will receive a Catholic education in the
hurricane ravaged areas of the south. One of Royalmont’s sister
schools in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, provided the inspiration of where
proceeds would be donated. The Catholic Education Assistance fund has
been established in conjunction with Catholic World Mission to assist
families whose Catholic schools were forced to close. It helps
students obtain a Catholic education in crowded neighboring cities to
which Katrina refugees have fled.
|5th grader Katie Hart (Springboro) checks inventory levels while shoppers buy at other booths.|
The abundance of unsold baked items
was given to local fire stations, police headquarters, churches, and
a retirement community.
Royalmont Academy (www.royalmont.com) is a private school,
chartered by the State of Ohio as a non-public school,
offering an education rich in the Catholic faith for preschool
through eighth- grade students. It is affiliated with the National
Consultants for Education (www.nceducation.org) and receives spiritual assistance by
legionary priests. The Academy is located at 723 Western Row
Road, west of the intersection of Mason-Montgomery Road and Western
Row Road in Mason, Ohio.