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High school juniors raise funds for prom

February 8, 2015

by Ariana Wilson

A fundraiser for the junior class at Albany High School will be held Tuesday at Chipotle in Stuyvesant Plaza from 4 to 7 p.m.  The proceeds will offset the costs of a DJ, flowers and photo booth at the upcoming junior prom.

Christina Wierschem, junior class president, was the project lead on the fundraiser at Chipotle, a recent student government tradition. Wierschem started out by calling Chipotle, a Mexican grill that mainly serves burritos, back in November in order to reserve a date in February.  After that, most of her communication with Chipotle employees was through email, sending them completed W-9 and tax-exempt forms.  While Wierschem’s main goal is to raise money, the other goal is to build community.

Albany High School junior class officials from left to right: Christiana Wierschem, Romina Nofulla, Billie Holecek, and Niña Cabahug/ Sara Popp.

Albany High School junior class officials from left to right: Christiana Wierschem, Romina Nofulla, Billie Holecek, and Niña Cabahug/ Sara Popp.

“You can make it into a real family and community event,” said Kyle Koblensky, junioreclass government advisor and teacher at Albany High School.  He plans on bringing his wife and two kids to the fundraiser.  Although he expects hectic schedules to limit teacher and student participation, he said he supports the idea.  And he said it is good for students to see that their teachers care.

This fundraising plan was crafted and executed by the junior class student government officers, which include the president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.  Although there is a staff adviser, the students took the lead with most of the fundraising activities held throughout the year.

“It’s nice to see the mentality that these kids have,” said Koblensky, “the four officers are go-getters and put out the initiative.”

Wierschem hopes to make close to $500 through this fundraiser, since Chipotle offers 50 percent of the proceeds to the cause.

“We do the biggest proceeds back as opposed to other stores,” said Meghan Margolis, an apprentice manager at the Western Avenue Chipotle.  Even though they don’t allow the students to promote the event on site, Margolis believes that Chipotle offers the best deal around.  Guilderland High School, Bethlehem High School, University at Albany, and The College of Saint Rose have all done fundraisers at this particular Chipotle.

In addition to the upcoming Chipotle event Tuesday, the junior class has done other fundraising events this past school year.  In October, the class government raised just under three hundred dollars at TCBY, and sold coupon books around the holidays to parents and teachers.  As far as future fundraisers, they plan on having one on Mar. 25 at Flight, the indoor trampoline park.

According to Wierschem, the junior class prom will be held on May 16 at the Desmond Hotel.  The proceeds from their Chipotle fundraiser, and other fundraisers, will not go into the venue or food costs, which will be covered by ticket prices.

“Whatever we don’t use this year for prom will go into next years prom to make it even better,” Wierschem said. -30-


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