WHOP raises $1,000 in scholarship funds for WLC senior

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative School District Superintendent Peter Weaver works in the kitchen of the Wilton House of Pizza on Saturday, as part of a scholarship fundraiser. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative School District Superintendent Peter Weaver works in the kitchen of the Wilton House of Pizza on Saturday, as part of a scholarship fundraiser. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/15/2021 10:47:47 AM

Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative Superintendent Peter Weaver spent Saturday in the kitchen of the Wilton House of Pizza, working the grill and pizza oven, washing dishes and prepping food – and raising funds for a student scholarship.

“It was just like old times. It’s like riding a bicycle or driving a car – it’s not something you forget,” Weaver said, while working the kitchen Saturday. “The best part is being part of a group, where everyone has a job and is working together. It’s almost like a family, which is what I remember about it.”

Donning school colors and WLC merchandise, Weaver was showing his warrior pride as he made up chicken subs, bacon chicken pizzas and fries, three items on a special menu for customers who wanted to show support and make a small donation to the scholarship fund.

The idea was born on a podcast run by Wilton House of Pizza owner DJ Garcia, when Weaver was on as a guest. Weaver spent many years working in a pizza restaurant as a younger man, and offered his services in the kitchen as part of a fundraiser for a scholarship for a graduating WLC senior.

Garcia said he was on board immediately, and hoped over the course of several “scholarship days,” the restaurant would raise enough for a $1,000 scholarship. He agreed to match whatever funds were raised.

On their first attempt, Garcia said, the restaurant has already met that goal.

Garcia noted that for being thrown in the midst of his kitchen, and put on a variety of jobs, Weaver’s previous experience in a pizza parlor was on display.

“Peter knows his way around a kitchen, for sure, and actually really helped us out on a somewhat unorthodox day,” Garcia said.

“DJ has me earning it,” Weaver joked. “I suspect I’m going to be making a lot of chicken subs and chicken bacon pizzas. Though I’ve also already washed a lot of dishes this morning.”

Saturday saw customers, including members of the WLC School Board, faculty and students, donate a total of $468, either to the donation jar or by ordering off a special menu which included an extra $2.50 donation to the cause.

Weaver said more community partnerships between local businesses and residents and the school is one of his goals as superintendent.

“The [School Board] is working to build community partnerships, and things like this are how they happen,” Weaver said. “And the fact that it’s a scholarship is great.”

Garcia matched the donations, plus the additional $32 to make it an even $1,000.

Initially, that $1,000 was the goal for several scholarship days planned this year. But Garcia said he plans on still going forward with those fundraisers. If they’re as successful, one scholarship will just turn into three, he said.

Garcia said he’s still talking with Weaver and the school district about the best way to dispense the scholarship, and is considering an essay contest about the process of running a pizza shop or restaurant, which will naturally draw students interested in business ownership or culinary arts, two areas he’s hoping to foster.

Garcia said he plans to hold additional scholarship donation days in the winter and spring.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 244, or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.




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