Booster Club Spotlight: Keller group keeps Indian spirit alive

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Booster Club SpotlightTradition rides high at Keller High School, and its booster club is at the forefront. It’s a special year because the school is celebrating the 50-year anniversary of its most storied practice.

In 1965, Don Blevins, a former quarterback at the school, started lighting the town’s water tower blue after every football win. He’s a Texas ex, so it’s similar to the tower lighting on the 40 Acres. The water tower stands in the middle of town at the intersection of Keller Parkway and U.S. Route 377, and reads “KELLER: HOME OF THE INDIANS”.

Wendy Craft understands the tower’s symbolism and is excited to be president during the half-century celebration.

“We love our water tower," Craft said, "and we’re just really excited that it's 50 years a tradition.”

She recognizes that family, pride and tradition are important values to the Keller community, so she wants to emphasize them throughout the school year. Supportive and active Keller parents, like Craft, drive the booster club through their volunteer efforts.

The booster club provides scholarships for a few students each year. Students are asked to write an essay, and the winners are chosen by a scholarship committee. Some are booster club members, others are not. Last year, the booster club handed out four $1,000 scholarships. It also provides letter jackets for every varsity athlete. Membership dues provide many of the booster club funds.

Last year was Craft’s first year with the booster club, and she arrived for a successful structural redesign. As the treasurer, she saw the implementation of 13 new committees for the different sports. Each one is dedicated to an athletic program at the school. She wants to build on last year’s accomplishments and support all student athletes during her year as president.

“It’s all about the kids and helping them,” Craft said. “When you focus on the kids, things will fall into place.”

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