Casual Friday at Ravenna School District raises serious money for charity

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published:

Teachers in the Ravenna School District are taking a serious approach to casual Friday, using the event as a way to raise money for charity.

The district launched a Pay Day Jeans promotion at the beginning of the school year in which teachers and staff were encouraged to wear jeans every other Friday. In return, they would pay $2, which would be set aside for charitable purposes.

Kristin Stonestreet, a teacher at Ravenna High School who suggested the fundraiser, said she wanted to "increase school spirit and community involvement."

At Ravenna High School, the account, which now has a balance of almost $1,700, will be earmarked for charities and four scholarships for graduating seniors. Head Football Coach Jim Lunardi is collecting the money.

In December, the teachers used the money to give gift cards to high school students in need.

About $100 will be given each month to five designated charities. January's recipient is the Community Action Council's youth center; February the Center of Hope; March is Family and Community Services; April is Children's Advantage; and the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities; and May is the Relay for life.

"In the end, whatever is left will go into the scholarship fund," she said. She is not certain what the criteria will be, but said the scholarships will be "something unique and different from what's offered now."

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1139 or dsmith@recordpub.com

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