Students in the Neosho High School Show Choirs are selling fireworks to raise money to help pay for their costumes and travel expenses in the upcoming school year.
The students have a fireworks stand set up on South Neosho Boulevard, next door to Happy House Chinese Restaurant.
The stand will be manned by choir students and is open daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., through July 5.
“Most everybody’s working at some point,” said Neosho High School choir instructor Melanie Soule. “We have almost 100 kids involved in the show choirs this year.”
She said the students travel frequently, often participating in out-of town shows.
“We travel all over Missouri,” she said.
With the travel comes some out-of-pocket expenses. That’s where the students’ fundraising efforts come in.
Soule said the choir students raise money by working the fireworks stand in the summer, doing monthly window washes for tips during summer months, and by hosting a chili supper in the fall.
“There are a lot of kids that would not be able to do this without the fundraising,” Soule said. “The school pays for a lot but it’s expensive and they can’t cover everything.”
Soule said the money is also being raised to go toward a potential out of state trip that the show choirs are currently looking into, though nothing has been made official yet.
The students also worked a fireworks stand on the Neosho Boulevard last year, in the same location.
They have partnered with Jake’s Fireworks, and will receive 15 percent of the profits made at their stand.
“We just operate the stand, they take care of setting everything up and then we get a percentage for running it,” Soule said.
The set-up began Tuesday and Soule said they hoped to be open for business sometime today.