Car wash to raise money for school trip to New York

By EMILY SPARACINO / Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA – Volunteers will roll up their sleeves and wash as many cars as they can on Saturday, Oct. 12, to make sure a local student has the chance to travel to New York in the spring.

Valerie Wickersham and other parent and student volunteers are inviting residents to have their cars washed—or to lend a hand with the washing—at a fundraiser she has organized to help cover the cost of at least one Shelby County High School student to travel to the Big Apple in March.

“The trip is March 19-21, 2020, and is open to all the Fine Art students (band, choir, theatre and art) at SCHS,” said Ashlyn Kuyrkendall, SCHS choral teacher and trip co-organizer. “We have over 80 travelers attending. We are so proud that they have taken the initiative to fundraise on their own to help towards the cost of their trip.”

Wickersham said the group’s goal is to raise enough money to help at least one student with trip expenses.

Any extra money raised will be applied to other accounts, she said.

The car wash will start at 9 a.m. at O’Reilly Auto Parts in Columbiana.

The cost is $20 per car, but any donation will be accepted.

Those who would rather donate time are invited to help wash cars or hold signs.

Setup will start at 8:30 a.m.

“If anyone wants to help, they can just show up to help,” Wickersham said.