As school districts tighten their belt, extracurricular activities have often taken it open their collective selves to raise funds to succeed, including money for trips, additional coaching staff members and even equipment.
Friday night, the St. Michael-Albertville girls' soccer team is putting a new twist on that idea, looking to raise money with an event that promises an evening of fun, combined with a test of wits.
The girls' team will host its second annual "Trivia Night" at the high schoolcafeteria/commons area, with the fun beginning a 7 p.m. and running until about 9 p.m.
Spokesperson Charise Schuttz said last year that the now-annual event is a perfect fit for a squad that was the Mississippi 8 Academic Champion in 2011 and is the two-time conference champion and defending section title holder.
"We were just looking to do something different, rather than going door-to-door with cookie dough orders or coupon cards," Schutz said. "We went to our church's trivia night a few months ago, and it was so much fun and raised some money for some programs, and we wondered how we could bring that here. This is the best way to do it."
The night will put people into teams of eight. Some of the St. Michael school teachers will bring their army as one team. Others might have one or two representatives ready to lend their knowledge to other groups to comprise a team.
There is an entry fee, which can be paid at the door. Cost is just 10 bucks per person. But each round will have prizes and give-aways, so there's a good chance to earn back that money, if you're up for it.
Last year's event helped pay for new uniforms (kits, for you soccer purists) for the girls. This year's even will help pay for a goalkeeping coach and one assistant coach for the girls' program.
Minnesota Teacher of the Year finalist Ryan Canton will serve as the evening's Emcee, which is also fitting, Schuttz said.
"He told me he's got questions in a few different cateogries, including 'Name that Tune,'" she said.
Head coach Megan Johnson, who led the girls' to a Mississippi 8 Conference title this year, last year and a championship finish last year in Section 5AA, said she's looking forward to seeing everyone, and competing.
IF YOU GO:
What: St. Michael-Albertville High girls' soccer team Trivia Night fundraiser
Where: St. Michael-Albertville High School cafeteria/commons
When: FRIDAY! Doors open at 6:30, games begin at 7 p.m.
Why: To raise funds for the girls' soccer program
How much: $10 each