Volunteers power school’s record-breaking fundraising campaign
In what has become an autumn tradition, volunteers showed up in great numbers at Saukville’s Ozaukee Christian School on Saturday, Oct. 17, to make apple pies.
By the time the day was done, more than 225 volunteers helped with the fund-raising effort, according to OCS Principal Kris Austin.
Twenty-seven helpers came from Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon. They joined volunteers from Portal Inc. in Grafton, Kohl’s Associates in Action, a host of area churches and high school groups from Port Washington, Cedarburg, Random Lake and West Bend.
Tasks included apple coring, mashing, crust filling and packing.
By harnessing all that people power, the school was able to make a record 4,683 pies. Austin said that was 500 more than were made last year.
“Because sales were so brisk, we made more than we had originally anticipated. Even with that, we weren’t able to have our normal 500 pies available for our truckload sale,” she said.
For those who missed the opportunity to order pies in advance, only 200 were available for the day-after sale.
It took 160 crates of fresh, crisp apples from Nieman Orchard in Cedarburg to fill those pies.
“Because of our strong underwriting support, nearly 100% of pie sales remain right here at OCS,” Austin said.
A slide show of the pie production has been posted on the non-denominational school’s Facebook page.
VOLUNTEERS FUELED the pie-making frenzy at Saukville’s Ozaukee Christian School on Saturday, Oct. 17. Students from Concordia University Wisconsin joined in the fun. In all, more than 4,600 apple pies were made.
Photo by Sam Arendt