Bulldog Pride Night will take place Friday evening, August 25, in the Rolla High School Parking Lot, right before Rolla’s first home football game of the season. From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., residents can enjoy free hot dogs and soda before the game, as well as grab some handouts from local vendors who will be set up throughout the parking lot. To add to the excitement of the evening, the Rolla High School band and cheerleaders will be performing. Proceeds raised from the event will fund scholarships.

Bulldog Pride Night will take place Friday evening, August 25, in the Rolla High School Parking Lot, right before Rolla’s first home football game of the season. From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., residents can enjoy free hot dogs and soda before the game, as well as grab some handouts from local vendors who will be set up throughout the parking lot. To add to the excitement of the evening, the Rolla High School band and cheerleaders will be performing.

More than just a fun event, Bulldog Pride Night is a great way for the town to support their local high school, because all proceeds from the event benefit the students.

Robin Southern, membership director for the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce, explained that the funds donated by sponsors and monies raised during the event are turned into student scholarships. Last year, Southern said, they were able to hand out seven $1000 Show-Me Scholarships solely funded by Bulldog Pride Night.

The Show-Me Scholars initiative, according to the Missouri Chamber Education Foundation, is “a course of study that encourages students to take more demanding classes during high school.” The course of study for Show-Me Scholars includes advanced classes in English, mathematics, science and the social sciences, economics and foreign languages. Show-Me Scholars also strive to complete community service hours while maintaining a high rate of attendance and maintain excellent conduct.

By coming together during Bulldog Pride Night, the community is supporting these students and their academic efforts.

The funds used to provide seven scholarships to these students were raised with last year’s total of a little over 50 sponsors. This year, Southern said, the list of sponsors reaches past 90.

“I think they know how important it is to support your local school,” she said.