Katy Texas News
Posted April 6, 2011
High school cheerleaders, coaches and mascots joined forces for the first ever Katy ISD Cheer for Charity Showcase that raised just over $3,000 for playrooms at Texas Childrenâ€™s Hospital West Campus.
â€œIt was good to see the cheerleaders and mascots from all schools congratulating each other on their performances at the end of the evening,â€ says Bob Bryant, Katy ISD Director of Fine Arts.Â â€œThis is another example that shows that, though we have many schools here, Katy ISD is one community working together.â€
Approximately 650 patrons attended the event that featured varsity and junior varsity cheerleading squads representing each Katy ISD high school.Â High school mascots also joined forces with a combined performance.
â€œPushing the students to stay positive and committed to their teams to see the project through was very rewarding,â€ says Amy McConnell, psychology teacher and cheerleading coach at Taylor High School.Â â€œWe tend to be very competitive with one another but, on this night, we were cheering and celebrating together. It was very powerful.â€
During the planning phase of the event, cheerleading coaches from all campuses compiled a list of popular charity choices submitted by their squads and voted on who would be the final recipient. This resulted in Texas Childrenâ€™s Hospital West Campus being the charity of choice for the event.
â€œI think it was perfect timing with the opening of the west campus,â€ adds McConnell. â€œPlus, itâ€™s great to see students doing something for the youth in this community.â€
A check presentation to Texas Childrenâ€™s Hospital West Campus is scheduled for Monday, April 11.
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