Swine Week Q&A

It’s the time of the year when Edmond high schools gather to give back to their community. Edmond North’s Balto Week, Edmond Santa Fe’s Double Wolf Dare Week and EdmondMemorial’s Swine Week are focused on fun activities and raising money for a good cause. Outlook visited with EdmondMemorial teacher Jeff Lovett to learn more about Swine Week.

How did Swine Week come about?

Edmond Memorial’s annual community service project, Swine Week, began in 1986 when a small group of students decided to raise money for a friend in need. The students approached the principal with a goal of raising $3,000. The principal supported the endeavor and agreed to kiss a pig in front of the student body if the goal was achieved. The students raised $3,000, the principal kissed a pig, and Swine Week was born.

Thirty-three years later, students at Edmond Memorial have raised nearly $6.5 million for various non-profit organizations. Last year, $479,801 was raised for the organization Make Promises Happen.

Who coordinates Swine Week?

Swine Week activities are all student-led. The 35 members of Edmond Memorial’s Student Council plan, organize, and run each event. The student body can also be directly involved in raising money by signing up to be a royalty member. Each royalty member has an individual goal of raising $2,000 through selling homemade snacks, designing and selling t-shirts, and talking to local families and businesses about contributing to the cause.

Although Swine Week is student-led, the success of Swine Week hinges on the generosity of our alumni and our local community. Without the generosity of countless individuals, Swine Week wouldn’t be possible.

What organizations are benefitted this year?

 

After spending weeks narrowing down the list of potential applicants who submitted over 60 proposals, Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County was selected by our Student Council. The Club has empowered youth to make the right decisions since 1995, and now serves 800 kids every day through their after school programs. The funds raised this year through Swine Week will go towards helping BGCOKC fund their new teen center for high school students that will offer tutoring, specialized classes, job training skills, personal finance skills, and much more.
In addition to raising money for BGCOKC, all three Edmond schools will be donating a portion of their proceeds directly to Pivot, Inc, an organization dedicated to eliminating homelessness among young people in the Oklahoma City Metro area.
How can people get involved?

We have a wide range of events designed to involve as many people in our community as possible. We are also offering an opportunity for our alumni to be part of history by purchasing a personalized, engraved brick which will be featured in a section of our brand new football stadium.

What’s the best part of Swine Week?

What makes Swine Week special is that everything is student led. Swine Week is a time when our entire student body and faculty stop to recognize the importance of giving back to our community. It’s pretty special when over 2,000 high school students spend an entire week looking outward and focusing on those who are not as fortunate and who need a helping hand from the community.

For more information on Swine Week or how to get involved visit www.swineweek.org

 

 

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