Holley dresses up for Kentucky Derby to raise funds for OC Animal Shelter

Provided photos: This group wore fancy hats on May 5. They include, from left: Teacher Lynnette Short, PE Teacher Jill Klotzbach and Secretary Roxanne Wagner.

Posted 16 May 2017 at 8:36 am

Press Release, Holley Central School

HOLLEY – The Holley Middle School/High School celebrated Kentucky Derby Day this year by hosting a hat fundraiser to support the Orleans County Animal Shelter.

Students, faculty and staff donated money to wear their fanciest hats on May 5. Normally, wearing hats to school is against the dress code. In just one day, $150 was collected and sent to the shelter on Gaines Basin Road in Albion. The Physical Education Department and Student Council jointly sponsored the fundraiser.

Annually, the PE Department displays fun facts about the Kentucky Derby. The horse race takes place on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs. Holley students learn about the traditions surrounding the Derby. PE staff also post photos of the horses racing each year and students select who they think will win the race.

This year, Math Teacher Patti Gauer conducted a special math lesson involving horse racing. If her students answered math problems correctly, they moved their horses further down the “track” posted in the gym.

As part of the school-wide celebration of Kentucky Derby Day, students also received a special lunch from the cafeteria staff, consisting of a southern chicken sandwich, chocolate pie and lemonade with mint leaves. The cafeteria staff is pictured with their special Derby lunch items.

From left: students Julianna Drewry, Rosa Bender and Helana McLean cast their vote for which horse will win.

PE Teacher Jill Klotzbach and Principal Susan Cory wear their Derby hats.

Part of the Holley MS/HS Kentucky Derby display includes a horse with a Holley marker.

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