Batson raises money for CPSD box lunch program
Conway High School junior, Maggie Batson, has established a fundraiser in Conway to raise money for hungry children. Conway Public Schools has been doing a boxed lunch program every Wednesday, and Batson wanted to help. She encouraged her fellow classmates to donate to her cause by relating their donations to their cancelled prom expenses.
“I saw that prom was cancelled, and I wondered if there was a way I could raise money for the boxed lunches using the canceled prom night as an event.” said Batson, “I looked up how to start a website to collect donations and came up with the idea that a person could donate ten dollars, like they were buying a ticket to prom, and then have an excuse to dress up at their homes.”
Batson posted a video on Facebook dressed up and enjoying “Prom” dinner at her home to promote #HungerPROMise2020 to her peers. The money donated to Batson’s GoFundMe link stays local.
“At first we considered giving the money to CAPCA, but I wanted to give the money directly to the CPSD box lunch program. I had one of the [school] board directors agree to accept the money on the behalf of Conway Schools,” she said.
So far, her fundraiser has brought in $1,815, just shy of her $2,000 goal. Batson has kept the fundraiser going longer than anticipated to allow additional donors. She will write a check to the CPSD after raising $2,000 and reassess the needs of the district.
“I’m planning on checking in with one of the directors again and asking if they still need money or if donations of supplies would be more helpful. Then I will consider reinstating the GoFundMe account or starting another campaign for supplies,” she said.
Batson said there are more ways to help Conway during this pandemic than donating to her campaign.
“I just want people to know there are plenty of different ways to help. You can’t volunteer for Conway’s box lunch program if you are under 18,” said Batson, “but you can go to the food banks at CAPCA and help organize items. You can always donate to the local blood banks.”
Batson is currently a varsity athlete who plays golf and soccer at Conway High, as well as a member of volunteer organizations such as Mentors Empowered and Caring Cats. She also models for Sculp Agency and enjoys acting in local films.
“[Since] I’ve been a part of all these nonprofits, I’ve learned how to advertise and get support for fundraisers. That’s what gave me the skills to set up my food drive campaign to help Conway students,” she said.
Members of the community can donate to Batson’s link at https://www.gofundme.com/f/food-donations-to-conway-school-kids?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet to provide meals to students in the Conway Public School District.