Forget bake sales, car washes and discount cards. Hesperia Junior High is taking school fundraising to a whole new level.


The school will host its first-ever Cowplopapalooza at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7. For the event, the school will divide its athletic field into 5,000 separate plots, and fundraiser participants will purchase the spots for $5 apiece, according to HJHS Principal Robert McCollum.


That's when it gets interesting.


A cow will be let loose on the field and "plop" on the four winning locations. The owner of the fourth plop will get $250; the third, $500; the second, $750; and the grand prize winner will receive $1,250.


"We're always trying new things," McCollum said.


The light-hearted event underscores a very serious problem, however. How does a middle school pay for extra-curricular programs?


"Middle schools don't have the revenue like high schools because of the athletics. But we still have athletics [that need funding]," McCollum said.


McCollum hopes the Cowplopapalooza will bring in about $20,000 for its AVID, ASB, instrumental music and sports programs.


"It's an opportunity," McCollum said. "Everybody's been thrilled about it. It might be a winner."