Golf course donates to Dollars for Scholars to thank JHS CTE program

 sports_golf-course-cte500The Chewelah Golf and Country Club has donated $1,000 toward local scholarship opportunities in appreciation of the Jenkins High School Career and Technology Education (CTE) department.

The JHS Entrepreneurship class, taught by CTE director Kevin Kernan, has been helping to refurbish all of the golf course tee box signs, which advertise local businesses, since the fall of 2011. Students sanded, repainted, and redesigned 13 signs just for the cost of materials. They also made a few new signs as well.

To thank them for their hard work, the CG&CC Board of Directors presented $1,000 to the Chewelah Dollars For Scholars scholarship foundation. Kernan and JHS sophomore Andi Ronnei accepted the check at the March 14 meeting. Ronnei has been involved in the project since the beginning and will continue to coordinate other students to complete the work during third trimester.

Kernan said he thought it would be a good benefit for his students to take on this unique opportunity.

“I believe it is a student’s civic duty to be involved in community projects,” he said.

Previously, the golf course had contracted with a company in Montana to create the signs, but Vice President Don Morse said they decided not to renew the five-year contract because it was costing too much. He said all the revenue from the advertisers, which could be as much as $300 a year, was going to making and maintaining the signs and not to supporting the CG&CC or the community.

Since they have saved money this year, they found a different way to pay back the students for their services and Morse hopes they can continue their relationship with the school because of how it benefits everyone.

“We save thousands, and can donate thousands,” Morse said. “It’s a win-win situation.”

The tee box signs have an annual cost of $300 on the 18-hole course, or $200 on the old nine. Morse said they are still looking for many more advertisers, especially in the local community.

For advertising information, call Morse at 509-993-8286.

By Kellie Trudeau, The Independent Staff

In this photo: CG&CC Vice President Don Morse presents $1,000 to JHS CTE Director Kevin Kernan and Sophomore Andi Ronnei for helping refurbish tee box signs. Kellie Trudeau photo