A Facebook livestream on Nov. 21 showed two eager hunters, Alex Rodriguez and Autumn Weckler and their guides, teacher Bryan Bonander and School Resource Officer Paul Sapp, hunting the most dangerous …
A Facebook livestream on Nov. 21 showed two eager hunters, Alex Rodriguez and Autumn Weckler and their guides, teacher Bryan Bonander and School Resource Officer Paul Sapp, hunting the most dangerous game — human-sized turkeys.
This year Powell Middle School was hunting to raise money for former student Breckin Streeter, who was in a car accident late October that resulted in one broken vertebrae and the fusing of others.
For the past three years Powell Middle School has been putting on turkey hunts before Thanksgiving break. Students, families and staff buy into a $1 raffle to be the lucky hunters, while Principal Kyle Rohrer and Assistant Principal Chanler Buck serve as the turkeys. It’s all in good fun and the proceeds go to a local family or charity in need.
The turkey hunt is a fun way to go into the holidays and it is a good time of year for donating to a cause, Rohrer said. He added that the event is also a good opportunity for students to see staff in a positive light, especially principals.
Donations from the first annual turkey hunt went to Loaves and Fishes and the second hunt gave money to former teacher Amanda Johnston’s family. This year the school raised $710 for Streeter and his family.
“I know a lot of people in town, I know a lot of kids at the middle school and it means a lot to me that people are thinking of me,” Breckin said.
While he’s still recovering, the injury hasn’t derailed him pursuing his interests, like serving a two year mission for his church, playing the guitar and pursuing a career in the trades, he said.
Heath Streeter, Breckin’s dad, also thanked other members of the community including churches who have supported them in many ways including faith.
“We felt the sustaining power that comes from prayer, and we’re thankful to live in a community of faith where people lean on their faith [and will] combine their faith and offer prayer on behalf of people who are struggling,” Heath said. “We know that those things help, we’re thankful for that, and we’re thankful to live in the community we live in.”