Woodward, Okla. —
Horace Mann's annual fish fry fundraiser will be taking place Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. in the school's cafeteria.
Horace Mann's Principal Debbie Harrington said, "This will be our third year to hold the fish fry."
Harrington went on to explain how the fish fry got started, saying she was contacted by Pat McVicker whose sons Ike and Ian had both attended the school and had Harrington as a teacher. She said McVicker expressed an interest in helping out Horace Mann, and that's where the fish fry event came from.
This year, she said another local businessman Chris Keeton is helping McVicker provide the funds to cover costs of the fish fry.
In addition to the sponsorships from McVicker and Keeton, Harrington said the school also gets help from parents interested in volunteering during the fundraiser, people offering to cook and prepare food, as well as people making monetary donations.
"We have so many people that help us out with the fish fry, we're really not out any money on it," she said.
Harrington said the school also benefits from silent auction items donated by local businesses.
"We have things like lamps, a photography session, hair products. Last year there were even Thunder tickets. It's quite a variety to make the evening fun and bring money to the school," she said.
The fundraiser will also feature a basket drawing in which participants will have a chance to win themed baskets created from items donated by students, parents, and teachers.
"We have about 14 baskets that will be raffled off, each with their own theme. There's a Batman themed basket full of Batman toys, a Hotwheels themed basket, Brave theme, several movie baskets full of DVDs and popcorn, candy baskets, really a wide variety of entertaining things. The kids get really excited about those," Harrington said.
Children up to age 12 attending the fish fry will also have a chance to win an Xbox 360.
"One girl and one boy will each win an Xbox 360. Kids write their names on their fish fry tickets, then we collect them up, and towards the end of the evening we draw the two winners," Harrington said.
The principal said all money raised during the evening will go toward improving Horace Mann Elementary.
"The money raised goes towards school building repairs like fixing blinds, as well as technology repairs on computers and projectors. We're also looking into to replacing the pea gravel under the big toy outside, so it all goes back to the children," she said.
Harrington said people interested in attending the Horace Mann Fish Fry can purchase tickets at the school or at Central National Bank of Enid. She said chances for the basket drawing can be purchased the night of the Fish Fry.
Harrington encouraged the community to come out and enjoy "wonderful food and a great evening of fellowship" at the fish fry.
"People sit and visit and eat and it's just a fantastic evening," she said.