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Kopp receives School Bell Award

Erv Kopp wants to be involved in his son’s life.

“Many kids’ parents aren’t involved,” Kopp said. “I like being involved.”

One way to accomplish this goal was to become active in the CMS PAC. Kopp’s son, Sterling, is a seventh grader.

The PAC was looking for an additional fundraiser and Kopp stepped up to start a concession stand. With the help of another PAC member, they piloted the idea for part of last year and decided to expand the concessions to CMS sporting events this year. As a result, the PAC made more than $4,000 off concession stand sales.

For his efforts, Kopp is this year’s School Bell winner. The School Bell award is given to someone in the community for his or her service to the youth of Columbus Public Schools.

“It takes a great deal of time to ensure that the concession stand is fully stocked with candy, popcorn, and drinks,” CMS Principal Amy Haynes said. “Erv has donated his time to purchase supplies and work the stand. Erv has been a constant throughout each sport season at our concession stand.”

Although time consuming, Kopp enjoys helping.

“My schedule has been pretty flexible and it has worked out. I kind of have fun doing it,” he said.

Kopp said the key to a successful concession stand is popcorn and also being located where people enter the event.

“When you walk in, you can smell the popcorn, and who can resist that?” he said. “We sold 200 bags of popcorn at one event.”

Student volunteers make running the stand easier. The CMS Student Council has been very involved with helping.

“It is nice because I can make popcorn, and they can man the table up front,” Kopp said about the student helpers. “My son also helps when he is not in sports.”

How to decide what to purchase can be challenging. He said they went off the best sellers from last year and expanded based on students’ requests. The best overall seller is AirHeads.

The money raised by the PAC goes towards providing scholarships for students to attend academic camps, scholarships to take dual credit courses when in high school, school field trips, student activity nights and help with other teacher requests.

Kopp finds the lack of involvement surprising.

“I would hope that more people would be interested in what is going on at school,” he said. “If I want to have any say or input, I feel I should be a part of the whole process.”

In addition to the PAC, Kopp is also involved with Boy Scout Troop 406 and severed as a football and basketball coach.