Coker Creek Elementary School is taking
a hint from Aerosmith as a fundraising effort.
On Saturday, Feb. 15, beginning at 6
p.m., the "dudes will look like ladies" when the school will host a
Womanless Beauty Contest featuring well-known faces in the community.
The school hopes to raise $1,000 through the contest to put toward a
field trip to Washington, D.C., for the school's sixth, seventh and
"We decided last year that we were
going to start taking our older students on a trip," said Principal
Jill Franklin. "Last year, we took them to Nashville. This year, we
got the students together and let them vote on where they wanted to
go. They voted Washington."
The trip will be from May 14-17 and
currently, 27 students are signed up to go.
"They will get to go to the White
House, the Capitol, Mount Vernon, the Bureau of Printing and
Engraving, see all the monuments, meet with our congressmen and
senators...It will be a full, three packed three days for our
students," said Franklin.
Because each child must raise $350 for
their trip, the school wanted to do something to help with the
"We want to make sure that everyone
who wants to go can go," said Franklin. "It's the trip of a
lifetime, but not everyone can afford it."
School officials met with parents and
brainstormed fundraising ideas.
"The idea for a Womanless Beauty
Contest actually came from our parents," laughed Franklin. "This
will be men wearing dresses. We'll be doing their hair, makeup and
nails and they'll be dressed completely as a woman. Their name and
gender will change for one night."
So far, the following men have bravely
signed up to compete: Monroe County mayoral candidate William Bell,
School Resource Officer James Fisher, Tellico Plains Interim Police
Chief Jeb Brown, and parents Jared Bird and Michael Ellis.
"We still need more contestants!" said Franklin. "If anyone is interested in helping us raise funds
for the trip by participating, please call the school. Hair and
makeup will be provided and if they can't find a dress, we can help
them with that too."
Contestants will compete for a panel of
women judges and jars will be passed around for donations during the
"We'll look at the jars to see who
raises the most money in their jar, as well," said Franklin. "It's
a good, fun event."
While admission is free to the
Womanless Beauty Contest, donations will be accepted and there will
also be a pie and cake auction, led by State Rep., R, John Forgety.
In addition, the school will be selling food.
"So many of our students wouldn't
have the opportunity to go on these trips without help from the
community," said Franklin. "Every year we'll do something
different so by the time they leave our school, they will have been
to three different places."
For more information or to sign up as a
participant, call the school at 423-261-2241.