Appalachia Through My Eyes

Appalachia Through My Eyes – Clogging For Charity

Ready to dance. The JCCFS Clogging Team (chitter and chatter included) performed Friday night for a local elementary school. The school was raising money to do some work in their gym. There was-food to eat-cakes to win, bluegrass music to hear, raffle tickets to buy, and some mighty fine clogging. At the end of the night-over 2,000 dollars was raised-not bad uh?

Do your local schools do fundraisers like this?


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    April 6, 2011 at 6:35 am

    The fund raiser was a definite success!
    We don’t have those kind of fund raiser events here. The kids sell things, usually from a catalog.

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    March 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    That sounds like a neat fund raiser. Our schools have fund raisers, but none like this.

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    Brandi Nabors
    March 30, 2011 at 11:28 am

    not our schools, but we do still have lots of benefit singin’s with cake walks, bake sales, pickin’, cloggin’, crafts for sale and the like. my husband had never heard of benefit singin’s until he met me 🙂 i’d love to take him to one some time

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    Nancy M.
    March 29, 2011 at 12:13 am

    That is so cool! I really miss seeing clogging! I might have to come up your way to actually see some.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    You guys are always doing something for others! Wish I could have been there to cheer you on!

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    March 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I would have loved to be there and listen and watch them clog. I think that is a part of Appalachia that just get your feet and heart a tapping.
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    March 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    What a wonderful fundraiser! I bet the girls had a great time. Loved their dresses. Around here it’s always kids selling something and it’s usually stuff I have no need of. Wish we could get more creative around here and then everyone could have a great time and raise money too.

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    March 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Don’t know what they have for fundraising here, but I love clogging. I used to clog and it was great fun and great exercise, but oh so hard on the knees! I love to watch the cloggers!

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    B. Ruth
    March 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    A much better idea for a fundraiser than the children being forced or cohersed into selling items to make money for the school..I’d rather donate the money instead.
    I would go to a charity event and like it even more. The children like it and can participate in the preparations as well as in the events themselves..Nothing like it.
    They love seeing their friends outside of school..talking and playing, etc. Cakewalks, games,
    singing, dancers and music etc. are a lot more fun, plus less dangerous for the children. It also makes for a great family night out..More schools should have old timey family fund raising festivals or events..I’ve helped plan a few years ago….sometimes you wonder if you will sell all those cakes. Someone tastes one, passes it around and they are gone in a heartbeat..I’ve seen more little bright eyes and smiles when a child spends a quarter and wins a cakewalk cake! Of course, today it would be more like a dollar!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    lynn legge
    March 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    tipper you must be so proud of your little cloggers 🙂 i love the sounds of the feet when they are dancing.. our schools around here.. dont have such wonderful things such as cloggers or music.. when they want to raise money .. they usually have hoagie sales, popcorn, candy..etc.. to sell… or raffle tickets to win something.. this area is big on steelers.. so mabye an autographed shirt. or something..
    thanks for sharing.. and may you and yours have a peaceful and blessed weekend 🙂
    big ladybug hugs

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    Eva M. Wike, Ph. D.
    March 27, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Hey Tipper: That must have been a fun night for all! Wish we had thought of such a neat idea to raise funds to do work on our old ROCK GYM back in the early days! That old rock gym was cold as our barn on a snowy day! Anytime we entered to practice basketball we just about froze – and we had no restrooms – for boys or girls!
    Oh well! It has now been ‘updated’ and that is where we meet for our class reunions! Makes me shiver just to enter. But I love that old gym because my daddy helped build it – working on the WPA back when times were really tough in Clay County!
    Eva Nell

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    Vicki Lane
    March 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I love the dresses they’re wearing — I never liked the very short skirts and puffy petticoats a lot of cloggers used to wear. The Green Grass Cloggers were the first I ever saw with this old-timey look.

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    March 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

    since my “children” are 44 and 46 I don’t know if they do in our town or not. dont even know anyone with school age kids. that is a lot of money and a lot of fun to do it.

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    kathryn magendie
    March 27, 2011 at 9:14 am

    What fun! I’ve never been to a clogging event before – though now that I think about it, I did see one at a festival in Waynesville! It was wonderful.

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    March 27, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Sounds like such a fun thing and for a good cause too.

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    March 27, 2011 at 7:38 am

    no, we don’t have a gym.

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