Bake sale turned into community-wide event in

SENECA – An event that started as a bake sale by the seventh- and eighth-grade Lady Raider basketball teams became a community wide effort Nov. 21.

The team wanted to do something for the tornado victims and their families. The bake sale was given final go ahead Nov. 20. By the next afternoon, items pouring into the Commons at South Campus were beyond expectations.

Parents of team members baked through the night, and staff and cafeteria members brought in items. Thanks to communication efforts on Facebook and the Seneca City website, community members also brought items.

In less than 24 hours, the bake sale went from the efforts of 29 girls and their coaches to an endeavor that involved the whole community. Student council members sold pickles and Nutter Butters at lunch and donated their funds, and the PSO donated its proceeds from the concession that night.

Many adults from Seneca and Channahon that attended the game gave the girls $20 and told them to keep the change. The girls were in awe of the generosity. It was explained to them that it was their energy and desire to see it through that got the ball rolling.

It is with gratitude that Seneca Grade School expresses a heartfelt thank you to all that helped in this endeavor. The amount collected from the one-day event was $1,350.60. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross in Coal City/Diamond.