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Salesmanship pays off – with limo ride, lunch

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Top-selling students, plus a few lucky guests, rode in a hulking stretch limousine to lunch at Pizza Hut on Friday, their reward for selling the most items for the middle school PTO.
SoVaNow.com / November 12, 2012
Good salespeople are worth their weight in … pizza.

Top sellers in the Halifax County Middle School PTO fall fund-raiser were treated to a limousine ride to lunch at Pizza Hut on Friday.

“A party on wheels,” quipped driver Mike Tuck, just before sneaker-clad youngsters clambered into a shiny white Ford Excursion stretch, which seats 13, which was pulsating with pop music. Three other limos, either in spotless back or white, hauled other giddy kids.

Middle School PTO President Sharon Harris said students sold items through the Great American Fundraiser catalog, which included candy, Christmas gift paper, jewelry, household items and magazines.

Students selling five items have an opportunity to go to the BMX Bike Show.

But it took 20 items and upward to earn a limousine ride to a pizza lunch. Even more sales merited taking a friend to along — or even cash prizes.

Sixth-grader Alex Lowery, the top seller, received $25, plus all of the other prize incentives.

Lowery said pitching magazine subscriptions at his grandfather’s workplace helped him with his sales goal.

He sat at the restaurant with pals Troy Ferrell, whom he accused of pressing buttons in the limo, and John Pittard, whom he said spent the short ride transfixed by the limo’s interior neon lights.

Another top seller, Zaveyon Woodall, a sixth grader, brought a friend along. Sales came easy, he said.

Total for pizza: 32 hard-selling students plus four friends.

Harris said 223 students are eligible to attend the BMX show on Nov. 30.

Profits, said Harris, will benefit classroom and instructional needs in addition to paying for the printing of four editions of the school newspaper, supporting sixth graders for their annual trip to Washington, D.C., the annual art show, and teacher and staff appreciation, among other things.



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