It all started with a group of students seeing a need, and finding a way to meet it. With class offerings and staff being cut back because of lack of funds, the Technology Program students began brainstorming with Program Manager Elba Velasquez on ways to raise money.
Advanced class student Gerardo Martinez volunteered a pool table to be raffled off. With that a fundraiser was born. Soon enough over 1,000 raffle tickets were distributed to the students, and everyone was asked to sell tickets to their friends and family at $5 each. Slowly but surely, the envelopes of tickets returned with the money each student had raised. Then the money was counted revealing a surprising feat. In less than a month the students had raised over $3,000!
“They were so happy to help and contribute because it hurts them to see that we are struggling financially. They won’t wait to receive help, but instead they want to contribute because they know the value of the computer classes. Their support really made it possible!” explains Elba.
At the computer class graduation, the winner was announced. The winning ticket had the mysterious nickname “El Lobo” scribbled on it. After about a week of searching, the winner was finally contacted and received his prize. Ever since the raffle students have continued to demonstrate their willingness to contribute, offering their time, cooking and music skills, and items to be raffled.
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