Starting off the summer vacation from school, the Colusa County Office of Education rewarded students with a 3.0 GPA or better at the Colusa County Fair.
On Thursday, when the fair gates opened, members of the 3+ Club received free entry along with a coupon for a free hot dog, before being invited to choose from several tables to pick a prize.
Every minute, a student’s name was pulled from the raffle drum. At 6:30 PM, unclaimed raffle prizes were given a second chance.
As the event progressed, prizes kept increasing in value as did the size of the crowd. The last two prizes, the most coveted, went to the same student: Nataly Sanchez, from Pierce High School, who will be a senior in the fall.
Sanchez won a 32” flat screen television and when an absent student did not claim the grand prize, Sanchez’s name was drawn for the laptop computer, complete with accessories.
Serena Morrow, director of human resources for the Colusa County Office of Education said, “I thought it was good, because sometimes at the end, it’ll thin out a little bit, but there was a good turnout.”
This year, the 3+ Club grew exponentially to 1,002 students. It was estimated that 36 percent of those members attended the opening of the fair to claim their prizes.
Kay Spurgeon, former superintendent of schools, started the club in 1999. Since its inauguration, over 14,000 students have been named 3+ Club scholars.
Over 100 local businesses and corporations along with nine from out of town donated, which contributed to the large scale of prizes that were needed to accommodate a record number of scholars. ■