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A sweet celebration in Uniontown

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Students wait their turn in line to play on inflatable games brought into West Bourbon Elementary by Fundraising Works as part of their Big Bash on Wednesday.(Laurie Sisk/Tribune)
UNIONTOWN -- If Principal Tracy Smith had his way, it's likely each child at West Bourbon Elementary would be able to attend the school's annual Big Bash Party, an event put on by Fundraising Works, the company that supplies the product for the school's annual fundraising efforts.

Unfortunately, the party is reserved only for those children selling a certain number of units of cookie dough and other fund raising items. On Wednesday, 110 students, or roughly half the school's enrollment, were the benefactors of the Big Bash Party, which included a large inflatable slide, bounce house and an inflatable obstacle course.

In previous years, Smith said they took about 20 of the top sellers by limousine to a pizza party, but the Big Bash Party allows more students to be rewarded for their efforts.

Cooper George, 5, enjoys a trip down a giant inflatable slide during the Big Bash Party on Wednesday at West Bourbon Elementary.(Laurie Sisk/Tribune)
Kids were divided into two groups by age, with younger students getting to "party" in the gymnasium from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and fourth, fifth and sixth graders getting their turns from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Two of the top sellers also got the opportunity to line their pockets with a little cash during the first session of the party as they were awarded a trip inside the "Cash Vault Money Machine" game. Both Aissa Kimaya and Kaydra Woods sold 40 or more items to qualify for the game, which netted them both $13 after a bonus of a few dollars from Fundraising Works personnel.

The fundraiser is one of the biggest events during the fall semester, and this year, WBE students sold $22,981 worth of cookie dough and other items during the two-week stretch.

From the left: Cameron Colter, 5, Allandra Walker, 5, Macy Schoenberger, 5 and Jaxon Davis, 6, enjoy their turns in the bounce house during the Big Bash on Wednesday at West Bourbon Elementary.(Laurie Sisk/Tribune)
The campus will keep about 40 percent of its sales, for a net total of more than $9,000. Smith said they have yet to decide how to spend this year's revenue, but have been looking into playground equipment

This year, fourth-grader Kyle Rhoades was the top seller, with 86 items totaling $1,183. Kimaya sold 55 items for a total of $765 and Woods took third place with 43 items totaling $588.

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