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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Event raises $27K for school

  • The Neosho Christian School received an outpouring of support from community members at their annual banquet and silent auction held Saturday at the Neosho Civic.
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  • The Neosho Christian School received an outpouring of support from community members at their annual banquet and silent auction held Saturday at the Neosho Civic.
    Lawrence Sanders, superintendent of the Neosho Christian School, said the event raised $27,000.
    "That's way more than we've ever done," Sanders said. "That was by far the best banquet and fundraiser we've ever had."
    Sanders said in a previous interview with the Daily News that last year's banquet had raised about $16,000 for the school.
    He said while attendance was up slightly this year, it was the generosity of those attending that allowed the school to raise so much.
    He said all money raised goes toward operating costs for the private school.
    "Community support is fantastic," Sanders said. "We have to have that in order to survive. It takes about $1,000 a day to run the school, even for a small school like this. It's just very hard for us to get that much, tuition won't pay for it."
    Sanders said the silent auction consisted of about 90 items, which came from the community.
    Individual tickets for the banquet went for $75, while tables of eight ranged in price. Corporate tables were $3,000, platinum tables were $2,000, gold tables were $1,000 and silver tables were $600.
    The evening also featured a dinner and entertainment.
    While Sanders said the annual banquet and silent auction is the school's biggest moneymaker, it is just one of a few different fundraisers the school holds.
    Earlier in April, the school participated in the Neosho City-Wide Garage Sale, and hosted a two-day sale, filled with several donated items.
    Proceeds from that sale also went to help pay the school's operating costs.
    Sanders said the school's next biggest fundraiser will be held in October, when they hold their annual Labor of Love auction.
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    The Neosho Christian School has also recently joined with the Neosho R-5 School District to apply for a cooperative sponsorship through the Missouri State High School Activities Association, allowing Neosho Christian School students to play on Neosho R-5 athletic teams.
    The Neosho R-5 School board approved the cooperative sponsorship as part of their consent agenda at their April 15 board meeting.
    Sanders said on Wednesday that everything is moving forward with the partnership.
    "I was very pleased with the R-5, they just showed a very good attitude about this being a community thing," Sanders said.
    MSHSAA deadlines require that applications be received by Dec. 1 of the previous school year for participation in sports such as basketball and football, while May 1 of the previous school year is the deadline for other athletic programs.

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