Booster Club creates Glenwood Springsopoly |

Booster Club creates Glenwood Springsopoly

April E. ClarkPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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Gina Pedrick has spirit, yes she does. And she’s not afraid to show it.Looking cheerful in a cherry-red jacket one of two Glenwood Springs High School colors she was all smiles Monday after returning from a meeting with Larry McDonald, general manager at the Hotel Colorado. She learned that the historic hotel will be prominently featured on the board and packaging of the GSHS Booster Club’s major fundraiser a game called Glenwood Springsopoly. The game is modeled after Monopoly with play money and miniature plastic houses and hotels and Glenwood businesses are used in names for the properties.The game retails at $25 beginning in late November.”It’s sort of a novelty,” said Pedrick, GSHS Booster Club vice president. “We’ve lent ourselves to the tourism line we have such a great community for tourism.”‘

Through Glenwood Springsopoly and souvenir and concession sales, Pedrick and the GSHS Booster Club board hope to double the money the group offers students. The Booster Club supports not only athletics, but GSHS activities including DECA, choir, peer counseling and mock trial, Pedrick said.”I think there’s been a misconception with the public that, ‘OK, they support athletics,'” she said. “We want to show that we’re transparent with our funds. Booster is not just an athletic thing. We do support the school in every aspect. They just need to come to us.”Pedrick said that in past years, the GSHS Booster Club raised around $15,000 to fund student activities and four $500 scholarships. Like placing hotels on a Monopoly board property, she wants to increase funds. “This year, if our four fundraisers go as planned, we should double that,” Pedrick said.She would also like to see more parents join the Booster Club and seek support from the companies they own or work for to sponsor concession sales.”We’re adopting this major community mindset,” Pedrick said. “They’re our kids all of us. This falls back on the parents.”

To motivate the community and the school’s leaders, the club is hosting a luncheon for teachers and coaches on Sept. 11, followed by a Back to School Night Sept. 12. Pedrick hopes the events spark interest in Booster Club with all members of the community. She would like to see elevated school spirit at the first home football game with new Demon stadium gear. “Booster has an entirely new concession area this year,” she said. “We’ll have a new display area we have awesome stadium seats and blankets, and not just Thermoses.”The Booster Club-branded Glenwood Springsopoly game allows for more opportunity for local businesses to support the high school, Pedrick said. The Hotel Denver and the Hot Springs Pool have joined the Hotel Colorado as major sponsors of the custom game.Several small local businesses are also on board.”It’s pretty exciting for us. … We’ve had great response. Our community is wonderful, and I’m just so impressed,” she said. “I imagine this game sitting open in all the hotel rooms when guests arrive.”

Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601aclark@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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