Below is the story that appeared on March 26, 2019 on the FSD Website -
It was 2014. Needs throughout the Ferndale School District were clear. Paying for those needs? That was another story. But it was not a story that Greg Ebe intended to leave unfinished. In an email to community leaders, Ebe made the following plea, “it is now clear that much responsibility to help provide our students the programs that they deserve will have to come from outside the District from organizations such as ours. There is a long list of projects, it is time for us to get started.”
They say that necessity is the mother of invention. In this case? Necessity was the mother of a Booster Club.
The Ferndale High School Booster Club enhances the academic experience for students by providing resources for things that the School District may not otherwise be able to pay for with tax-payer money. Examples include the electronic sign at the FHS roundabout and offsetting the cost of activities like sports and dances.
Long-time Booster Club member Victor Boulos recalls the years since the group first came together. “This Booster Club came to life because a group of us decided that the stakes were too high. The needs were too great. We didn’t want to let another class of FHS students graduate without creating an organization that could come alongside and provide additional resources when needed.”
Boulos gives a lot of credit to community partners and one in particular – Lummi Nation. “Lummi Nation has been with us from Day 1,” said Boulos. “When we began the FHS Booster Club, we knew that our first project would be fundraising for an electronic sign at Ferndale High School. We applied for a grant through the LIBC and were awarded a grant to fund the entire project. Every time I look at that sign, I remember that very generous gift. I am grateful for the many ways that Lummi Nation continues to partner with the Booster Club.”
Booster Club Member and Auction Chair, Carol Brumet says that community support has prompted the Booster Club to move forward with another big idea. “We are planning our inaugural Saturday Night Lights event on Saturday, June 22nd. This is a keystone event - the kind of event that alumni will come home to Ferndale to attend. Our community turned out in a really big way to support our recent school bond – we know what it looks like when Ferndale comes together for kids. That is what we see happening at our auction in June.”
When asked what a successful event looks like, Brumet says, “This is a shorts and flip flops event – this event is for everyone – we’d like to see five-hundred people at Pioneer Park under the ‘big white tent.’ Our goal is to raise $200,000.”
Ferndale High School Principal Jeremy Vincent says that the Booster Club makes a big difference for FHS students. “From my perspective, the Booster Club plays an important role in equity on our campus. They make sure that the cost of athletics and extracurricular activities is not a barrier for our students. That is a big deal and I truly appreciate each of the members who step up to give and serve with the Booster Club.”
The story doesn’t stop there. In addition to underwriting the cost of athletics and activities for students, the Booster Club has also made it possible for students to travel to conferences, has brought sound system upgrades to the Performing Arts Center and, two years ago, made it possible for FHS to start a Robotics Club.
Ferndale School District Superintendent Dr. Linda Quinn says, “I am thankful for the individuals who lead our Ferndale High School Booster Club. They meet needs for our students. They fill the gaps where we may not be able to with limited school fund. This group makes a difference for kids in Ferndale. ‘Thank you’ doesn’t quite cover it.”
Booster Club members say that the best way to get involved with the Booster Club right now is save-the-date and help get the word out about the upcoming fundraiser:
Saturday Night Lights
Pioneer Pavilion & Field
Saturday, June 22nd
Ferndale Golden Eagles Booster Club is planning a community dinner and auction in Ferndale for Saturday, June 22nd. Proceeds from the “Saturday Night Lights” event will go to support Ferndale High School academics, activities, arts and athletics programs.
Organizers say their goal is to host 500 attendees and raise $200,000 at the outdoor event in Pioneer Park under the big white tent.
Organizers have created several sponsorship opportunities for businesses to be involved in what organizers say will become an annual event. They include a variety of marketing and advertising opportunities. Interested businesses are invited to contact Auction Chair Carol Brumet via email to email@example.com or by phone by calling (360) 788-8220 or Booster Club President, John Cruikshank at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (360) 255-5389.
Ferndale Golden Eagles Booster Club is a 501c3 non-profit and was formed in 2013 to support Ferndale High School in a variety of ways. Past projects include
• installation of an electronic video message board by the Vista Drive roundabout
• purchasing audio equipment for the theatre/drama program
• providing items for science classes
• aiding sports medicine students attend a conference
• helping fund the startup of a robotics club
• providing ASB funding for low-income athletes
• helping with improvements to the baseball and softball fields
Tickets for the event will go on sale March 18. Cost is $60 per person and can be purchased on the Ferndale Booster Club website at https://www.fhs-boosters.com/
The Ferndale Golden Eagles Booster Club is proud to announce their application for a grant to install a digital reader board for Ferndale High School has been accepted and approved by the Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC).
The Booster Club submitted their application for the grant money last year in December. While design and location has not been finalized, the grant money will be applied toward the purchase and installation of a two-sided digital reader board to be located near the roundabout adjacent to Ferndale High School.
The high school will be equipped with the means to control the reader board messages so organizations within the school will be able to keep the community and student body informed of their activities.This also presents the opportunity to recognize sponsors, local businesses and organizations that support school activities.
The Ferndale Golden Eagles Booster Club is extremely grateful to the LIBC for their generosity.
This will enable greater communication between the school and the community while creating more pride in the school.
The goal for the project is to have the reader board installed and functional in time for the start of classes in September.