'Bear's Market Day' raises money and club awareness

DOWNEY - Warren High School hosted a "Bear's Market Day" earlier this month where various clubs and organizations sold items to raise money and interact with other clubs and students.Club week, a week when clubs can promote for enrollment, occurred from Feb. 2-4. It was the start of a new semester and that meant new members, but this year there was a twist, there would be a market day. ASB Commissioner of Clubs Katie Guzman and James Bettencourt notified the clubs and organizations on campus that on Feb. 4 during both lunches, clubs would not only be able to promote, but also fundraise without going through the process of filling out official documents. This event initially launched as "A Taste of Warren," where the clubs could bring in foods to sell but the event did not pass due to the food guidelines and regulations. The purpose of Bear's Market Day was to help make Warren students more aware of the clubs and organizations and to help fundraise. "I think the event was a great way to have all of the clubs on campus unite, especially since all of the clubs sold something unique to their club," said Lizette Garcia, co-vice president of both Girls League and Club Development of Rural Maharashtra. Some of the items various clubs sold included wood platypuses made from scratch, handmade earrings, beads, spirit bracelets, sea life phone charms, Warren spirit gear, chopsticks, flower pens, raffle tickets, and henna tattoos. ASB freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior classes also took advantage of this event to raise money for their classes. "I liked the idea of allowing all the clubs to sell something to raise money for their club, but it was very short notice and I wish we could have sold other things like food items or candy; something that would especially appeal to the students during lunchtime," said the Fundraising Chair of Warren High Aquarium Team Club Chelsea Abang. "It was a successful event," said Kenitza Carrillo, co-president of Asian Appreciation Club, "We almost sold out of chopsticks! It was lots of fun because all the clubs were selling different things and nobody was competing against one another. It was a great way to find out about new clubs and support them." "I didn't purchase anything because I forgot my money," said senior Xochitl Esqueda. "Hopefully we'll have the event again so I can buy some things I saw during Bear's Market Day."

********** Published: February 17, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 44