The Thunderbird Booster Club is making a difference for various organizations throughout the Iola-Scandinavia School District.
Going into its third year of operation, the club has paid out $18,216 in funding requests, as well as $4,826 in hours worked through concession stands.
Some of the most recent items funded include professional blenders for the Entrepreneurship Smoothie Shop; an iPad for volleyball statistics and training; Matrix power lifting mats; and the I-S softball field improvement project.
“We have granted a lot of worthwhile requests,” club president Tony Neumann said. “One of the more significant and long-term investments we’ve made would be to the Softball Field Improvement Fund.”
“The Softball Field Improvement Committee is extremely thankful for the very generous donation of $5,000 we recently received from the Thunderbird Booster Club,” I-S softball coach Tom Anderson said. “The community support from local organizations, businesses and individual families for this renovation project has been incredible.
“The Thunderbird Booster Club continues to give back through financial support and manpower support to community and school projects,” he said. “This is a tremendous benefit to the communities of Iola and Scandinavia.”
The power lifting mats were recently installed at the Iola-Scandinavia Community Fitness & Aquatic Center.
“I want to personally thank the Thunderbird Booster Club for their donation of $1,000 for the benefit all our patrons and student athletes,” center director Tim Welch said. “It shows me how they care about our community and are willing to help out.”
The club started an annual garden shed drawing this spring.
“The T-Bird Boosters held the first drawing in May of this year for a garden shed built by I-S students in Chad Gagas’ carpentry class,” Neumann said. “All expenses are covered by the T-Bird Boosters and the profits are divided proportionately across all ticket sellers, to the fund they specify.
“Each ticket sold earned the student $4.51 and ticket sellers earned a total of $1,904.25,” he added. “I think the shed drawing is a fantastic opportunity for I-S students to work on a large-scale project, benefit from it and see their work out in the community.
Membership applications for the club can be found by visiting www.iola.k12.wi.us and clicking on the Thunderbird Booster Club link.