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Rest easy on Hillsboro High mattresses

Staff writer

Hillsboro High School band department held a fundraiser unlike any other to date Saturday.

Instead of selling candy bars, candles, wrapping paper and the like, they sold mattresses, foundations, portable bed foundations, pillows, sheets, and massage chairs.

That is to say, personnel from Custom Fundraising Solutions in Wichita came to the high school gymnasium and did the selling. Band students promoted the event, passing out flyers ahead of time and standing on corners of the campus holding signs that mattresses were available inside. One high school student dressed as a mattress to hold a sign.

Customers and lookers came to see mattresses between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Iona and Walt Dietrich, Tampa, came to buy a mattress.

“We just moved and heard about this,” Iona said.

Choosing from the available assortment wasn’t easy. The couple pushed the decision back and forth with Iona preferring one mattress and Walt preferring another.

“So, that’s the one you want,” Walt said.

“Well, if you don’t like it, we can get something else,” Iona answered.

The couple agreed on one and went to the sales table to order.

Meanwhile on the other side of the gymnasium, fifth-grade teacher Collett Haslett tried out a massage chair.

“I need one of these in the front of my classroom,” Haslett said.

Terri Costin, owner of the Wichita CFS branch, said the company has been in business since 2005, and the Wichita branch since 2016.

The more mattresses sold at an event, the bigger the percentage of sales the school gets, Costin said.

Additionally, one student gets a gift card for referring people to the sale.

All beds are made to order and delivered about 2½ weeks after the sale, Costin said.

Last modified Sept. 27, 2018