Camden MS boosters trying to raise $47K for athletic equipment


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The booster club at Camden Middle School is working to raise $47,000 for safety-related athletic equipment for the school's sports program.

Kim Forehand of the Camden Middle School Athletic Boosters told the Camden County Board of Education at the board's Sept. 14 meeting that every sport at the school needs safety equipment, with a total of $47,000 needed to cover the cost of necessary safety-related items.

Among the concerns are worn-out and outdated football helmets and pads, but Forehand said equipment is needed for all sports.

Forehand said she knew it would take time to review the requests, but some things are needed now and the club would appreciate the board approving what could be approved right away.

"We need to start sooner rather than later," Forehand said.

Board of Education Chairman Christian Overton commended Forehand on "a very good job with your presentation."

The club got good news at the meeting about its fundraising activities.

Answering a question from the board, Forehand said the booster club has started the process for being certified as a 501-c-3 nonprofit.

John Leidy, the attorney for the board of education, said the board really has no oversight over the activities of a booster club, which operates as a separate nonprofit.

The booster club is looking for sponsorships and has a number of fundraising activities planned.

"This is a community effort," Forehand said.

Forehand said the club currently has $2,700.

"That $2,700 is a seed," she said.

Forehand said at the meeting the club was looking for approval to go live with its gofundme page at gofundme.com/support-our-cubs, and would like to make a video to raise funds. As of Thursday the gofundme page had been set up.

"It's time to make a difference and support our cubs," Forehand said.

Forehand said the parents appreciate the $9,000 the board allocated for baseball and softball at the school. But the school still needs the $47,000, she said.

"Why take a chance?" Forehand asked. "These are our kids."

A large group of Camden Middle School parents attended the meeting in "Support Our Cubs" t-shirts.