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Charter School Drill Team Takes Swing at Long-Range Fundraising

Sep 28, 2015 05:25PM ● By Rhett Wilkinson

The Summit Academy Drill team in a photo shoot. The Bernadettes’ Sept. 19 golf classic was aimed at making smaller, year-round fundraisers unnecessary. Photo courtesy Summit Academy drill team

By Rhett Wilkinson

South Valley - A big fundraiser like a golf classic is far more beneficial for The Summit Academy High School drill team than “inundating” friends and family with several small, year-round fundraisers throughout the year.

That is what Jenny Burgess, academy marketing coordinator, told the South Valley Journal. She added that the Bluffdale high school was confident in the Bernadettes’ large-scale Sept. 19 fundraiser because Coach Chandra Tillotson hosted several tournaments throughout the past decade with much success. The parent organization was “very excited” about it, Burgess said.

“It serves as a public platform for ultimate support and exposure for not only our drill team but for Summit Academy High School as well,” Burgess said.

Because the academy is a charter school, it relies heavily on parent involvement and fundraising, making the golf classic critical. 100 percent of the proceeds went to the Bernadettes. Their need was outfitting themselves and more. Sufficient funds were raised to do it; 60 people attended the event, Burgess said.

The drill team, led by Tillotson and Amy Park, has been a part of the school for three years and competes as a Utah High School Activities Association sports team. It competes with 2A drill teams in invitational competitions and, like non-charter public schools, performs at athletic events and other school functions, Burgess said.

Summit Academy’s K-8 program is in Draper and Bluffdale and its high school is in Bluffdale. It prides itself in preparing students for college and providing them enough attention due to small class sizes.