By KIMBERLY LONG
The Fulton Sun
It is not often that Callaway County United Way president Peg Dzicek
is left stunned, but local students managed to acheive that feat
During the kickoff of the seventh-annual United Way fundraiser and
Radiothon held Friday in the Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot, 12
Callaway County schools presented the UW agency with more than
$8,500 in an effort to help local families in need.
What's more impressive is that the students' contribution nearly
doubled what the schools collected for the 2005 campaign.
“I'm absolutely blown away, and so impressed with each and every
child that gave,” said UW president Peg Dzicek during Friday's
The money, Dzicek said, helped move the UW thermometer a third of
the way closer to it's $220,000 goal.
Each school held a penny drive and challenged individual classes to
raise the most money with the incentive that they could win a free
pizza party at UW's expense.
McIntire Elementary School raised the most money, collecting $1,660,
while Bush Accelerated School piled up $1,329.50 in donations.
“This year, we had a record number of schools that did a spectacular
job,” UW executive director Kathy Richey Liddle said of the
students' efforts. “We're really proud of the young people in our
Other schools and the amounts they collected included: North
Callaway High School, $934.71; Auxvasse Elementary School, $919;
Fulton Middle School, $854; Fulton High School, $751.21; Bartley
Elementary School, $273.61; Williamsburg Elementary School, $226.72;
and Fulton Academy, $166.34.
The South Callaway School District - with participation from its
Early Childhood Learning Center, kindergarten through third grade
and students at South Callaway Academy - brought in more than
Youths outside the school system also showed their community spirit.
Attired in his uniform, Eagle Scout William Schultz helped serve
customers for local vendor Allen Finke - who donated all of the
proceeds he made Friday from his kettle corn business to United Way.
This is the fourth year Schultz, a homeschooled student from
Williamsburg, has offered his services.
Traditionally, United Way also invites local businesses to help set
the pace of its fundraising campaign that generally runs through
This year's pace setters - The Callaway Bank, Central Bank and Ovid
Bell Press - impressed UW officials with a $58,277 donation.
“It's been fabulous,” Richie Liddle said, visually showing her
appreciation. As she glanced at the red thermometer that had reached
the 32 percent mark by midday, she added, “That's not a bad start
for the first day.”
As the Radiothon continued, crowds moved about in spurts, enjoying
UW activities including a car and motorcycle show and silent auction
featuring 98 items donated by area merchants, organizations and
The event was set to conclude at 10 p.m. with the final tally of the
auction proceeds and the announcement of the motorcycle and car show
Those results will be published at a later date.