Hopewell, Liberty Junior Schools’ ‘White Out Toilet Bowl’ Event Benefits Local Senior Citizens
The scene at a recent girls basketball game at Liberty Junior School was a bit out of the ordinary as stacks of toilet paper rolls surrounded the gym floor. “It really was overwhelming to see, thanks to the generosity of our students, their families and local businesses,” said Liberty Junior Principal Eric Bauman.
The event, deemed the “2017 Toilet Bowl,” was a joint community service project between Liberty Junior and Hopewell Junior schools. In a friendly competition, the two schools competed to see which could bring in the most toilet paper rolls. Throughout the week, lunchtime games were held, culminating in a “white out” rivalry at the Jan. 12 seventh and eighth grade girls basketball game.
All donations were given to Partners in Prime of West Chester, a local non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of senior citizens. The week-long project was the idea of Hopewell Junior Guidance Counselor Andria Lapthorn.
“It was a great event and wonderful success,” said Hopewell Junior Principal Jeff Rouff. “We had more than 1,740 rolls of toilet paper donated and we’re pleased to be able to support Partners in Prime and the good work they do. Plus, the students had so much fun with the competition and the challenge to bring in more donations than the other school.”
Even local businesses joined in, with donations from SanMar Corporations, the West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance and other local businesses. Habitat for Humanity loaned toilets for the final competition, which featured free throw shots while seated on a toilet and other activities during the game.
Photo above: Liberty Junior Guidance Counselor Mary Jones (from left), Lakota Board of Education member Ray Murray and Hopewell Junior Guidance Counselor Andria Lapthorn, pose with just a fraction of the nearly 1,800 toilet paper rolls collected through this year’s “Toilet Bowl” competition between both junior high schools.