Sunday, October 20, the Scalawags worked from 1 to 4 washing cars in the parking lot of Rife’s Home Furniture in the freezing cold rain. This is just one of the many ways the kids on the team help to raise their own money. Every year, we have to raise almost $20,000 to build and compete with our robot. Most of the budget comes from mentor-written grants, but the kids help by manning concessions and car washes, as well as collecting cans and bottles. You can donate your cans and bottles to the Albany BottleDrop account for the Scalawags, give them to the team at any public event, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will come pick them up.
The Scalawags took the opportunity to raise funds on June ??. For 6 hours, while the race cars zoomed around the track, the robotics team sold raffle tickets. Half of the ticket sales were put into the prize winnings, and the other half went to the team’s budget. We hope to do another 50/50 at the Speedway next summer, encouraging our team members to earn money towards our registration fees.
On Saturday, June 22, the Scalawags held a free car wash at Rife’s Home Furniture, across from Safeway in Lebanon. We scrubbed bugs off of cars from 1 to 4 PM to help raise money towards our entry fees for competitions. As we are a charity, we did not charge for the car wash, but we did ask for monetary donations and cans and bottles. Not only did we scrub bugs, we washed wheels, cleaned under windshield wipers, and dried off each car that came through. Our next car wash will be July 13.