“Terrible Toilets” flush for a cure

By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com

The Grayson County High School DECA Club has brought back its “Terrible Toilets” to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Three toilets, decorated in DECA, Cougar, and University of Kentucky/University of Louisville themes, have been on the move to and from local businesses and homes over the past couple of weeks in an effort to raise money for DECA’s signature charity, the MDA.

DECA President Zach Lashley said businesses and homeowners can make a donation of $25 to have a toilet removed from their property or $50 to have it sent to another home or business; however, he assured that home and business owners are not required to make a donation to have the toilet taken from their property.

Money raised from the removal or transport of the toilets benefits the MDA.

Last year, GCHS DECA raised $3,065 for the MDA from the “terrible toilets” fundraiser, and the club looks to raise $3,500 before its completion this year, Lashley said.

As of Tuesday morning, DECA had already raised $1,120 for the MDA from the “terrible toilets,” according to GCHS DECA Advisor Cynthia Smith.

The “terrible toilets” began their rotation on Sept. 1 and will continue until Fall Break, which starts on Friday, Oct. 2.

The fundraiser was initiated by DECA Vice President of Charitable Causes Noah Cummings, who saw a First Baptist Church youth group hold a similar fundraising project.

Cummings said after he brought the idea to the club, a painting party was held to paint the three toilets, and, so far, with the exception of one business, the community has been supportive of the project since it began last year.

Smith said a number of local churches have even agreed to display the toilets inside to help raise money for the MDA.

Last year, students moved the toilets to new locations, on average, every weekday, and that effort has continued this year, Cummings said.

The “terrible toilets” fundraiser is just one of many that GCHS DECA hosts throughout the year. Smith said, annually, the club donates around $16-17,000 to various organizations.

“We do a lot of activities, and it’s a testament to the generosity of this community,” Smith said. “It’s appreciated.



By Matt Lasley


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