Waxhaw resident hopes to raise money for school
Since he announced his plans, people keep asking Rick Giarla if he’s crazy. Starting Friday morning, Oct. 14, the Waxhaw Athletic Association president will spend 72 hours camping out on top of Stacks Kitchen, 521 North Broome Street, in hopes of raising money for South Providence School.
“The school needs money,” Giarla said. “It’s the alternative school, so there’s no PTO, no parent involvement, nothing for these kids. They need help.”
The problem, Giarla said, is that South Providence is known as the “bad kids school”, where those facing long term detention are kept. But it also houses dozens of other students who for whatever reason just don’t fit in the other middle and high schools across the county. The school is located in downtown Waxhaw, 500 South Providence Street, across from the town’s library. Giarla took a tour in September and felt the need to do more.
“Kids are just kids, no matter where they grew up,” Giarla said. “I want to do what I can to help, that’s why I’m climbing on top of the roof.”
Giarla will be on top of Stacks from 8 a.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Monday, while volunteers work down below, collecting donations. He hopes to raise $30,000 for the school. That would allow South Providence to buy eight Smart Boards for the classrooms at $3,400 each and two dozen TI 83 calculators at $85 each.
“There are some issues at South Providence,” Waxhaw town commissioner Joyce Blythe said. “I think it’s a project worthy of supporting.”
People can contribute to the cause in several ways. First, they can go to the website set up for the event, http://sittingforsouthprovidence.chipin.com/south-providence-school and donate via PayPal. Also, they can drop by Stacks Kitchen throughout the weekend and donate. Members of the South Providence faculty, along with other volunteers, will be there to collect contributions throughout the day.
Before climbing up on the roof, Giarla met Thursday with several Union County businesses, hoping to collect as much support as possible.
“I don’t know if I’ll get to $30,000 or not, but I’m gonna try,” Giarla said.