The city of Oxford passed an ordinance in July that the city would recognize this week from August 7 to August 13th as “Charger Week.” This entails local businesses giving a portion of their funds to the Oxford High School and Oxford Middle School Athletic Booster clubs.
This is the first year for Charger Week and it allows an opportunity for local citizens to become involved with the success and funding of the Booster Club.
The week has seen local businesses such as High Point Coffee and Chick-fil-A give portions of their profits go towards the Booster Club. Portions of The Growler’s profits in-between the hours of 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. while portions of profits from Holli’s Sweet Tooth from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday will go towards the Booster Club. At the end of Charger Week, the Booster Club will host its second annual Boosters & Blues event at the Library.
Booster Club Vice President Geoffrey Yoste said that the Booster Club’s goal coming into this week was to raise $75,000 and they’re currently just $6,000 away from the goal. The chair of “Charger Week” is Sara Rowett, who is a Booster Club board member to whom Yoste “tips his hat off to” for her hard work.
Yoste said that people serving in the city government who are parents to Oxford Charger athletes had a hand in the passing of the new ordinance.
“The Booster Club is primarily the parents of Oxford high school and middle school athletes,” Yoste said. “We’ve got members of the booster club that are on the board of alderman.”
Yoste said that it is vital to work close with city leaders and government and have them involved in Oxford School District.
Ward II Alderman, Robyn Tannehill said that the city being involved and intertwined with the school is paramount to the success of students on and off of the playing field.
“I think at the center of any thriving community is a good public school system,” Tannehill said. “Arguably we have the best public school system in the state. I think as city leaders anything that we can do to continue to promote our students that are excelling in the classroom and on ball fields and in gyms is our responsibility.”
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