Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Bears cheer squad hosts fundraiser to cover camp expenses


BREWSTER – The Bears varsity cheer squad deserves some cheers of its own for coming up with a fundraising idea to help cover the expenses of sending the group to summer cheer camp.

The seven-member squad comprised of Maddie Sandoval, Diana Barrera, Vanesa Duarte, Kimberly Tinoco, Rebeca Ornelas, Lynnette Apolinar, and Yaya Saucedo coached by Monica Berker is holding the Fairy Tale Ball, a father-daughter/mother-son (or guardians) dance later this month. The dance is also open to other than Brewster students and parents/guardians. Tickets can be purchased at the school. Proceeds from the dance will be applied to the cost of sending the squad to a four-day cheer camp next summer.

“There are some national companies like the National Cheer Association that put on camps every summer,” said cheer coach Monica Barker. “They are held in different locations throughout the state like at Eastern (EWU-Cheney), Great Wolf Lodge (Centralia), and Central (CWU-Ellensburg).

Barker estimates that the cost of sending each cheer member to camp will be $300-$400 so the current squad would require a minimum of $2,100 to make the trip. Barker said this will be the first Bears cheer squad to attend summer cheer camp since she has been the school cheer coach.

“Cheerleaders learn cheer fundamentals, dances, stunts, and it’s an important team-building activity because it gives them their material for the coming year,” said Barker. “It’s a safe way for the kids to learn how to perform stunts and it helps them become good leaders as well.”

The team has yet to select which camp they will attend.

“It would be nice if we could go to one of the colleges where the kids get to see campus, experience the dorms, and college cafeteria food.”

The dance will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Brewster Middle School gym. Tickets are available at the school main office during regular school hours. The cost is $20 per parent/child plus $5 for each additional child.

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