East Ascension High School set a national record for the third time with its annual mattress sale.
The school sold a record 160 mattresses Sept. 26 as part of a fundraiser organized by Custom Fundraising Solutions. The school raised $27,210 through the sale, which turned the school’s gym into a mattress showroom.
This makes them the national record holder for the third time in a row, raising $80,335 from their mattress fundraisers with Custom Fundraising Solutions over a four-year span, a news release said.
Teacher Jamie Andrews organizes the event as a way to raise money for school projects.
Nicole Primeaux, owner of CFS Louisiana, called Andrews the school’s “inspirational leader.”
“None of this would be possible without Jamie,” Primeaux said. “She is the sole reason that this program works as well as it does every year. She is involved with and respected by every student — she is their spirit leader.”
Andrews credited the hard work of the students in reclaiming the sales record title, which had been broken by another school earlier this year.
“Our kids were extremely motivated when they found out that a school in Texas had beaten our record,” she said. “Each student worked hard to find someone that they knew to come and purchase a bed and help our school. In fact, many students claimed that this year was the easiest year yet to find customers having had three previous years of very satisfied customers.
“Word of mouth spread in our community that the mattress fundraiser is the time and place to purchase beds in Gonzales, Louisiana. Several customers actually waited for our annual sale to purchase their new mattress sets.”
Proceeds from the fundrasier have been used to pay for the band to travel to a festival, props for the performing arts department’s productions, a new trophy case for the Hall of Fame and other projects, Andrews said.