Mom Squad Puts the Fun Back into Fundraising

Avondale School District group’s donations top $30,000

Avondale High School Homecoming had special significance this year for the members of the Avondale School District Mom Squad who, after months of fundraising, presented Avondale High School principal Sharon Hyde with a check for $11,700. The Avondale Mom Squad, which began in 2012 with a handful of moms from the high school, has grown to include moms from around the Avondale community and now numbers 57. This year’s donation brings the total money raised by the group to more than $30,000.

Avondale School District Mom Squad presented a check for $11,700 to the high school

Avondale School District Mom Squad presented a check for $11,700 to the high school

One of the founding members of the Avondale Mom Squad, Cari Moose, who is the mother of a 7th grader at Avondale Middle School, a 2013 Avondale graduate now attending Michigan State University, and a 2015 Avondale graduate attending Saginaw Valley State University loves the spirit and dedication of the squad. “This is an amazing group of women who have found a way to have fun while doing something worthwhile that directly helps kids.” The fun that Moose refers to is the pep assembly dance routines choreographed and performed by the moms. “We were not sure how the students would react the first time we performed our dance routine at a pep assembly but after the students gave us a standing ovation we knew they’d had fun seeing their moms and their moms’ friends having fun.”

The group solicits friends, family and businesses to support their funding initiatives that include college scholarships, positive reinforcement activities, and other district-wide programming as well as Avondale Youth Assistance activities. “The Avondale Mom Squad has a Funds Allocation committee that reviews funding requests and then determines who will receive money,” said Moose. “We’re interested in supporting academic and extra-curricular programs that provide ways for our kids to grow academically, physically and socially,” she added.

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