Students hold lemonade stand to support those who can’t ‘Pay to play’

Faison Teele, Shane Santiago, Jacob Villalobos, Matthew Lockavitch and Tyler Rich at the stand on Waverly Road. — submitted photo

Tyler Rich, Jacob Villalobos, Jahmari Smith, Michael Camiglio, Matthew Lockavitch, Faison Teele at the lemonade stand Friday. — contributed photo

A group of Shelton High School students held a lemonade stand on Waverly Road this week to raise money for students who can’t afford Pay to Participate fees. Stacie Rich said her son, Tyler Rich, and friends became worried about a lot of their other freshman teammates not being able to play because their families may not be able to afford the fees. Tyler came up with an idea to start a lemonade stand and asked his teammates to join in on the cause. They have raised over $100 so far but are hoping to raise more.

They are planning on donating towards one or more of the players they know need it, according to Rich.

Shelton’s Board of Education had hoped to eliminate pay to participate fees at Shelton High and Shelton Intermediate  with savings from a new transportation contract. That plan was put on hold this week as the board learned of some new expenses that will cut into those savings, including a projected $180,000 for bus propane.

How much?

At Shelton High, it will cost $300 play a sport that requires an official,  including football, soccer, swimming, volleyball, basketball, field hockey, wrestling, baseball, lacrosse and softball. The fee to participate in cross-country, indoor track, golf, tennis, outdoor track and field and cheerleading is $225.

At Shelton Intermediate School, fees of $250 will be applied to students signing up for volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball. SIS sports that require no official — Cross Country, outdoor track and field and cheerleading — will cost $175.

A $100 fee will be required for students participating in Shelton High Band, Color Guard, Robotics Club,  Drama Club (Spring Musical Leads) and in the SIS Jazz Band.

Students who qualify for free meals shall be charged 50% of the regular fee. Students receiving reduced meals shall be charged 75% of the regular fee.

According to the ‘pay to participate’ policy, there is a $600 family cap which includes any and all fees related to participation including activities, sports, and Intermediate School sports. The family cap for students receiving free meals is $300 and the family cap for students eligible receiving reduced meals is $450. No family will be asked to pay more than $600 per year for any combination of sports or activities.

Superintendent Christopher Clouet noted that families will be able to pay by credit card and pay the fees in installments.

More information on pay to participate fees is available on the Shelton Athletics website – click here.

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