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Cardinal to raise funds for DC trip later this month

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | May 01, 2017
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ELDON — Cardinal Community School District eighth-graders are gearing up for the trip of a lifetime this summer, and they are raising funds via a silent auction to get them there.

“The eighth-graders are going to Washington D.C. around a week after they get out of school. They get out May 24,” said Cardinal parent Jodie Blunt, who single-handedly spearheaded the silent auction fundraiser, which is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday inside the middle school gymnasium.

The fundraiser includes a variety of vendors, such as Younique Makeup, Scentsy, Tupperware, Rodan & Fields and Mary Kay to name a few.

“All of the vendors that are coming are donating at least one item to the silent auction,” Blunt said, adding that students will also have concessions available. The event will feature a Daddy Daughter Dance and a Mother Son Dance that day as well.

The fun-filled educational trip, which starts May 31 and ends June 7, will cost each student somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,100. Although they are not required to attend, Blunt said any eighth-grader who comes up with the funds is welcome to attend.

“Last year was my first trip; it was amazing,” said Cardinal K-12 instructional coach Jessie Greiner. “There are so many life lessons for our students. A lot of our kids don’t get to leave the county, so for them to go to our nation’s capital is a big deal!”

Greiner said students would go to the Arlington National Cemetery, the National Mall, the Smithsonian Museum and many more places.

“We’re going to try to get into the Holocaust Museum. We had a hard time getting in last year,” she said, explaining that due to the museum’s popularity, groups need to book at least six months in advance.

“We did that this year,” she said. “They will also go to Mount Vernon, Williamsburg and end up in Virginia Beach, Virginia.”

She said students would also enjoy Bush Gardens theme park in Williamsburg.

Greiner said the trip wouldn’t be a reality if it wasn’t for Cardinal K-12 instructional coach Sheila Fetter.

“She is amazing; she’s been here for 30-plus years, and she organizes this trip on a strictly volunteer basis. She’s been doing it for more than 16 years,” Greiner said. “She is very giving and passionate about providing experiences outside of southeast Iowa for our children.”

Blunt, who has one child going on the trip, is happy to have organized the fundraiser to ensure more students get to go.

“If anyone has any questions, they can contact me at 641-814-6576,” Blunt said.

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