Julia Winney, a 12-year-old student at UMS was recently seriously burned in a house fire.
She is in the special burn unit at a Salt Lake City hospital and while improving on a steady basis, she is still in critical condition.
With that, a number of benefits are going on or planned.
A Winnin’ 4 Winney benefit at UMS is actually a combination of different activities. One is that several students and a staff member have volunteered to shave their heads.
Tickets are being sold and the winning ticket holders will shave the heads of the volunteers.
In another, there is a clothing collection box at the UMS office. Pant size 12-14 or three (3) in juniors and shirts are needed the most.
On Jan. 14 and 18, UMS students and staff will be hosting a bake sale from 8-8:30 a.m. on the front steps of the school and from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the foyer of Meadowlark School.
All the homerooms study halls at the school have jars for donated money.
If a green bill or silver coin is added, the class receives a positive cash total.
The catch is that any student from another class can sabotage or reduce a homeroom’s total by one cent if a copper penny is added.
At the end of each week the jars will be totaled and prizes will be given to the weekly homeroom winner.
The homeroom that raises the most money by Feb. 1 will be treated to an afternoon movie, popcorn and pop.
Winnin’ 4 Winney wristbands will be available at the UMS office on Jan. 16 and t-shirts will be available Jan. 9. Order forms are available at the school.
And from Jan. 21-25 it will be Winnin’ 4 Winney Theme Week at UMS. Students may dress up for their Favorite Team Day starting on Monday. Hat Day will be on Tuesday, Clash Day on Wednesday, on Thursday, teachers will dress as students and students as a teacher and on Friday, it will be Pajama Day.
For more information how you can help Julia with the UMS activities, contact the UMS office at 278-3227.
On Jan. 18 there will be a benefit for Winney at Norley Hall.
A roast beef dinner will be catered by Big Ox and Cathy Jochems from 5-7 p.m. or until gone at $10 a plate.
There will be a basket and live auction to follow the dinner, with Gerald Miller doing the auctioneering.
If you would like to donate a new item or service, contact Monica Huffman at 740-2343 or Gloria Auge at 278-9984.
Small items for the auction may be dropped off at Ed’s Tavern and larger items may go to the Hi-Line for Abused Spouses.
And, going on at the Town Pump is a benefit involving the filling up of your vehicle with gas.
You may round up the total and that extra amount will go to the Winney benefit.
Julia is the daughter of Dan Winney and Holly Gordon.
Editor's note: In addition to the benefits for Julia, Mountain View Coop is raffling off a Clam Big Foot XL6000 8'x14' Ice Fishing House. Proceeds from the raffle will go to Julia! The ice house is on display at Mountain View Coop, 19 S. Main in Conrad. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 and you don't have to be present to win. Tickets will be sold until Feb. 1 and the drawing will be Feb. 4. Contact Mountain View Coop for additional information, 278-5524.