PTSA's Raider Fund and Membership Drive:
Close to $14,000 were raised in the first four months of the school year with 162 members joining the PTSA. This is the largest number of members for a site for this year in the ESUHSD. Kudos to VP of Membership Sterling Larnerd for all her hard work!
Funds raised along with funds from last year are being used towards campus beautification projects, providing support to staff, funding improvements to the library etc.
Student and parent volunteers spend from 3-5 hours to help beautify the campus. Events are held on Sundays between 9 am and noon. Students work in small groups and normally have a parent volunteer to supervise them. Thank you Sarika Thakur for leading the campus beautification efforts for the second year in a row.
Two beautification events were held the 2020 2021 school year - on Sunday October 18th and on Sunday November 15th. A total of 45 students and parents participated working within COVID protocols for a total of about 150 hours.
Tasks included mulching empty areas which had no green grass and looked dry; cleaning around the school picking any trash on campus; weeding, trimming and raking dry leaves in front of the school, Raider Hall and other parts of campus; cleaning the area around the football field; trimming and raking dry plants/leaves around the football field; Students worked in the Rose Garden in front of the school. The hedges behind the roses were trimmed.
Tentative dates for upcoming Campus Beautification events for students who would like to participate and receive volunteer hours are: Sunday March 21 and Sunday April 18. Please contact Sarika (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
As part of Campus Beautification efforts and with the goal to promote Visual Arts at SCHS, PTSA has been working with the Art Department to get winning/selected artwork of students installed on campus. Per the request of Ms Daugherty, this project is being carried out on similar lines to the Downtown Doors project (where winning artwork entries of local students including works by SCHS students are displayed as panels on doors and walls around downtown San Jose).
As part of our own "Creek Doors" project, 10 -12 art works of students (including photographs and paintings) will be displayed around the X quad - on the exterior doors / walls of Administrative building, the gymnasium, Parent Center, Raider Hall, Attendance office and Library. Cost of the project is estimated at $3,200.
PTSA hopes to add art pieces every year based on availability of funds. Student entries are presented anonymously to a panel of staff members who will vote in an online process of selection and winners' works will be displayed for a period of two years on campus. Thank you Ms Griselda Lopez and Ms Victoria Byers for working with PTSA and Ms Lyra to make this project a reality. Installation for this year will be completed by end of January 2021.