Sometimes tax dollars and money from the state just don’t cover all the needs of local schools.
That’s why one district holds an annual event to provide additional resources.
People might come to the Taste of East Erie for the good food, but they stay for the good cause.
“Money that we raise today we use to fund student scholarships and staff/teacher grants. There’s a lot of things that sometimes don’t make it through the normal school budget,” said Doug White, the Iroquois School District Foundation Executive Director.
White said they typically raise between ten to 12-thousand dollars.
They use the money to enhance learning opportunities for students.
Iroquois senior Carline Upham told us the scholarship money collected also makes a huge difference for some of her classmates.
“To be able to have that opportunity to give them money to go to the college that they want to pursue and what not is really important. It helps them to take a load off and be able to focus on their academics,” said Upham.
For some local businesses, helping out the Iroquois School District through this event is becoming a tradition.
“We have chicken wings today. We have three different kinds. We have our ‘pot of gold’ which is a honey mustard. We have ‘six pepper flake parmesan,’ which is peppery with a little bit of parmesan cheese,” said Patti Rudzinski with Irish Cousins.
Irish Cousins is a fan favorite at the festival, but some new businesses are also making an appearance.
A 2008 Iroquois grad returned home to give the community a taste of his new restaurant on Findley Lake.
“I’ve been a part of this community for a number of years and it’s just always nice to come back and see the people who come to this school and support the area,” Andrew Wallen, the co-owner of Alexander’s on the Lake.
The success of this event inspired the creation of another event.
In June the Iroquois School District Foundation will host the first annual Food Truck Festival.
The event will be held at the G.E. Fields in Lawrence Park.