Hayfield Schools help neighbor reeling from tragedy during Homecoming Week
Last year when Hayfield’s High School Band teacher passed away unexpectedly days before its winter concert, neighboring school district Blooming Prairie stepped up by having its teacher help out with the concert.
Last week Hayfield’s students and booster clubs stepped up during Blooming’s Prairies time of need by raising money to support a go fund me created to raise money for the Harberts family. Rachel and Emerson Harberts were killed in the Sept. 7 crash outside of Claremont. Jaxon Harberts is recovering from his injuries at a Rochester hospital.
The initiative wasn’t started by teachers or administrators, but instead was started after multiple students at Hayfield High School asked if they could come up with a way to help out because they explained it was the right thing to do.
Since Hayfield played Blooming Prairie last week for homecoming they knew that it would be the perfect opportunity to raise money.
From there administrators, students and members of Students against Destructive Decisions came up with different fundraisers to help raise money including different benchmarks, which came with different “rewards.”
The different bench marks included having volleyball and football team captains getting pied in the face for captains if they raised $250, and the bowling teams and cross country captains having to kiss a lama if they raised $500.
After raising $750, the superintendent and elementary principal had to eat crickets.
There was also a benchmark at $1,000, which would be a mystery surprise for reaching the goal.
And they did just that.
After raising over $1,100 going into Friday’s game, principal Grant Klennert agreed to wear a chicken costume all day on Monday, which included having to wear it during school conferences.
Throughout the week the school had different fundraisers, including the student council donating money if targets were hit during a kickball game, and the football team’s booster club donating all of the proceeds from the Homecoming game.
When asked about how he felt knowing his students took the initiative to help others Klennert said that he is very proud.
“We have a great community and great kids,” said Klennert.
“It makes me feel really proud as a principal and community member that we have students with the mentality of helping others,” he added.