Puster Leopards Create Memories to Last a Lifetime
Apr. 26, 2019 - By 7 p.m., under a sky that could easily be described as robin’s egg blue, Late Night Leopards 2nd Annual Campout at Puster Elementary was in full swing. Leopards were riding horses, petting animals, running in hamster balls, climbing rock walls, playing mini-golf, shimmying up and bouncing in a myriad of inflatables and so much more. A sea of shimmering tents were at full mast, dads were eating crawdads in the dad-zone and volunteers zipped about purposely on golf carts. The wholesomeness of this event was almost tangible.
There were 649 campers registered for the 2nd annual Late Night Leopards Campout at Puster. Holly Haynes, principal of Puster Elementary School, described her favorite aspect of this event, “This is an awesome fundraising event, no doubt. But my favorite part of the campout is the way it brings our community together. New friendships are made, people come together for a great cause, and the memories shared, long after the event, are priceless!”
Late Night Leopards Campouts were held at all three LISD elementary schools as fundraisers. The cost to attend the campouts was $150 for one parent and one child. This fee included a camp-site, participation in all activities, dinner, snacks, drinks, s'mores, dance party, movie under the stars and breakfast. Once $30,000 was raised, which is allocated to LISD, the campus principals can determine the use of the remaining funds. Puster Elementary chose to use their proceeds from the 2018 Puster campout for the following: math intervention specialist, Safety Resource Officer, collaboration lab, STEM based workstations and library fixtures. Principal Haynes happily informed they had once again surpassed the $30,000. Regarding how they plan to use the funds raised this year, she said, “We had a committee help with recommendations for expenditures last year. We will work from that existing list of ideas as well as look at new. Additional ideas we have for this year include playground upgrades and hiring a math intervention teacher.”
Stacey Dillon, Lovejoy ISD assistant to the superintendent said, “In a time when the state continues to provide less funding to school districts, this was an opportunity to not only create a unique event that would bring our community together, but to fund raise for our school district.”
The event began at 5:30 p.m. on Fri., Apr. 26. Breakfast was scheduled to be served between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Sat., Apr. 27.