Members of the Northeastern High School cheerleaders are painting the orange paws along High Street on Sunday. They are, from left: Madison Becker, Siara
Members of the Northeastern High School cheerleaders are painting the orange paws along High Street on Sunday. They are, from left: Madison Becker, Siara Ankney, Kamree Alexander and Emily Springer. (Randy Flaum photo)

The Northeastern High School cheerleaders have revived a Bobcat paw painting fundraiser to help fund the cheerleading competition teams.

And they hope to wind up traveling around the community, painting Bobcat paws on driveways throughout the Northeastern School Distract.

The fundraiser started around 1998 by soccer cheerleaders and players, but faded over time, said cheerleading coach Lisa Rentzel.

"We think it's a good community project for the students to do, and I like to see them get out in the community and do a little work too," said Rentzel.

For $10 per paw, Northeastern cheerleaders will visit a resident's home to paint orange paw prints on their driveway to support Bobcat pride for Northeastern High School.

The cheerleaders use a Bobcat paw template, then use orange traffic paint for the paw. The paint job lasts for a couple months. The process takes about 10-15 minutes, according to Rentzel.

Money raised will help

cover the cost of the district's cheerleading competition team. Rentzel explained that a cheerleader must cheer for a school sport in order to be on a cheer competition team.

"Our priority is school sports, so they have to at least participate in cheering for a school sport," said Rentzel.

Questions about the fundraiser can be addressed to Rentzel at NHScheer@verizon.net.

The Northeastern Cheerleaders also have another fundraiser event coming up the first weekend of November. The Northeastern Cheerleading Craft Show runs Friday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are about 125 spaces available and vendor applications will be accepted soon.