“We were looking for an out-of-the-box fundraiser that the foundation had never done,” event organizer Janet Queen said. “This seemed like a good opportunity. It was a good time of the year — there’s nothing better to get folks out than the fall [season] of the year — the temperature is perfect, and plus, having it at Barnsley Gardens gave a lot of people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to visit Barnsley to come out and shoot.”
She continued, “The feedback we got from everybody was that this was the perfect time to have it. I’ve been involved with several other sporting clay shoots and they were normally in July, August, even September and it’s still warm, but this time of the year it’s kind of in-between seasons ... and the leaves are gorgeous and it’s just a great time of the year.”
With registration beginning at 8 a.m. and the tournament starting at 10 a.m., four-person teams will fire from 15 shooting stations with one warm-up round per shooter. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided along with cash and door prizes, including a shotgun donated by Walmart.
The cost to compete for the two shooter sponsor package is $750 and the cost for a four-shooter group sponsor package is $1,000. Other sponsorship packages are available for non-shooters at $250 and $500.
Non-sponsor, shooter-only rates are $500 for a team of four, $250 for a team of two and $125 for an individual. Shooters not arriving as a group of four will be placed in a group.
Frasier said while the tournament will be a good opportunity for fellowship, it is important for participants to know the money raised for the foundation will directly impact the lives of Bartow County students.
“If it weren’t for the foundation donating money to teachers, [teachers] would be pulling a lot of money from their pocket that they really don’t have,” Frasier said. “With all the cuts we’ve had locally and statewide and on the federal level, it’s just unreal the needs they have.
“We try to provide just a little bit of what they need to make kids continue to want to come to school and want to learn. Children get ideas and form opinions about school early on, and they drop out later on because of the bad experiences they’ve had in the early grades. So we want to make learning fun, we want to make it very rigorous, but we want to meet the needs of the children and we want to keep it interesting so they will continue to hang in there with us.”
Last year the foundation awarded more than $80,000 in grants, and Frasier said this year the foundation hopes to award $100,000.
“The best example [of a teacher grant] I know is a fifth-grade class and the teacher was teaching a unit on geometry and she could not get the kids interested, so she wrote a grant and asked for paint and all kinds of materials that she could purchase at Lowe’s,” Frasier said. “[She] went outside and drew squares and circles and triangles and built and made all kinds of games using measurements and children got into geometry and then it was easier for her to teach.”
The deadline for registration is Oct. 29. Registration forms are available online at the Bartow County School System’s website, www.bartow.k12.ga.us/, under the Bartow Education Foundation tab on the left side of the page. Forms also are available from the central office by calling 770-382-5800, ext. 3858.