Two years and $10,000 into a campaign to replenish dried-up funds for extracurricular programs, and organizers of the school district’s Team 73 believe they need to regroup.
Since June 2010, retired teachers Jack Buckham and Kevin Carswell have actively met with businesses and raised money for students and programs in the Kamloops-Thompson School District.
School trustees recently asked administrators for an update on Team 73’s progress, which secretary treasurer Kelvin Stretch will provide at a board meeting Monday.
Team 73 has so far amassed $10,000. Buckham told The Daily News the effort has fallen on hard times, with him dealing with a family illness and Carswell taking a job.
But the duo has made contact with 40 businesses willing to put their support behind Team 73. With more effort, he’s confident the campaign will be a success.
“Our community is absolutely incredible,” said Buckham.
He would like to see more school district alumni get involved with Team 73, said Buckham. Given the outside commitments he and Carswell have, they aren’t able to give the project their full attention.
Stretch said it can take years to build a fundraising effort. In time, he’s convinced Team 73 will raise significant amounts of money on a regular basis.
“It would be great to get like the United Way where people are making a significant contribution every year,” he said.
School board chair Denise Harper said she didn’t expect spectacular results during Team 73’s first couple of years, but she’s sure the momentum will build.