Superior High Students Tailgate to Recovery

Posted at: 10/13/2012 5:46 PM
Updated at: 10/13/2012 10:53 PM
By: Travis Dill

Most teenagers would be sleeping in on a rainy Saturday morning, but four Superior High School Students are raising money for flood recovery.

The students put together a “Tailgate to Recovery” as a senior project.

Benjamin Erickson said they wanted to show what students are capable of.

“We saw the devastation that affected our community, and we decided that it doesn't have to be the adults in the community to rise up. The actual youth can rise up and make a difference,” he said.

The event was staged for families with inflatable structures and face painting for kids.

Several food vendors also set up shop. Peter Krause said they are donating some of their profits.

"So they graciously donated 50 percent. We were actually not expecting even close to that, but we were thankful they could do that for us,” he said.

A silent auction was also open to the public. Large-ticket items like a grandfather clock and 32” TV were donated by local businesses.

The students said they contacted hundreds of businesses in order to find sponsors for the event. They even raised $15,000 from business donations.

They said the event took over four months of work, and Kelsey Reder said they didn't do it alone.

"We have a lot of students that are volunteers. We really wanted to make sure that we had more students involved than anything else,” she said.