by Tad Johnson
It may be too early to be thinking about winter, but a group of Lakeville South High School students’ idea is gaining speed like a snowball chugging down hill.
The school’s first Homecoming Party in Overtime on Friday, Oct. 9, may have been planted by one small idea, but it has blossomed into an opportunity to net many positive returns.
PHOTO: Lakeville South High School students (from left) Ben Foster, Allie Ferrazzo, Blake Maroney and Barry Foster are members of the school’s DECA marketing class that is planning and promoting Party in Overtime after the Homecoming game Friday, Oct. 9. Photo by Tad Johnson
The chemical-free event grew out of the sentiment that the school’s annual Battle of the Bands should be more inclusive.
“There were a lot of people who didn’t want to go just because they
don’t like rock music,” said Barry Foster, a member of the DECA
marketing class planning and promoting the event.
What resulted was Party in Overtime that will include not only the
battle, but also free pizza, games, inflatable play structures, a free
raffle and much more. The event is open to students in grades six
“We wanted to get as many people there as we could, and it exploded with good ideas,” DECA member Allie Ferrazzo said.
While the post-football game event grew, All-Sports Booster Club
members, organizers of the school’s Fall Festival, decided to move
their event from the traditional Sunday slot to before Friday’s
“Since the largest event of homecoming is the football game, we put the
events in and around the stadium,” said Lakeville South Activities
Director Neil Strader.
That means the stadium will become the epicenter of activity from 4 p.m. until the music stops well into the night.
“We want to start a new tradition,” Foster said. “We have had a lot of positive response.”
The Fall Festival will be an opportunity for fundraising, while Party
in Overtime is providing a fun, safe alternative for students and
teaching the DECA members about event planning.
With the district’s budget experiencing cuts for activities and
participation fees rising, the Fall Festival is the All-Sports Booster
Club’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Strader said the festival’s raffle brought in about $30,000 last year.
Tickets that sell for $10 each make people eligible to win a $1,000
grand prize and a whole host of other valuable winnings.
Lakeville South athletes are selling the tickets through Homecoming week.
Individual sports team’s boosters will be working food and beverage
booths during the festival with proceeds funding school programs.
There also is a silent auction planned. Businesses or individuals who
want to donate an item should call Strader at (952) 232-3321. Strader
also can give businesses information about corporate or individual
sponsorships for the event.
DECA students leading planning efforts for Party in Overtime are Foster, Ferrazzo, Blake Maroney and Ben Foster.
They are excited about the opportunity to plan and promote the event as a class project.
The students have contacted local businesses to secure donations such
as pizza and the inflatables, along with collections for raffle prizes.
They have designed fliers and posters and promoted the event through the school’s announcements and contacting local media.
“This is so much fun,” Ferrazzo said. “It is a fun job to do. I enjoy
being busy with tasks. It is like planning a real live event.”
Strader was complimentary of the students’ efforts in organizing the party.
“It is important for students to have a chemical-free opportunity,” he
said. “We know they will make all kinds of choices after the game. It
is good for them to plan this party for the kids.”
The slate of events for Lakeville South High School’s Homecoming includes:
4-7 p.m. Fall Festival, presented by the All-Sports Booster Club, family style carnival, autograph session with South athletes, performances by the high school’s marching band, cheerleaders and dance team, food booth, silent auction, raffle.
7 p.m. Football game against Eastview.
9:30 p.m. Party in Overtime, a chemical-free event that will include a Battle of the Bands, food, games, raffle and inflatable play structures.
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