StuCo puts ‘Hearts’ into fundraiser

StuCo puts ‘Hearts’ into fundraiser
Posted on 01/28/2020
StuCo puts ‘Hearts’ into fundraiser

By TAYLOR PERRY

Student Council is doing big things at Nacogdoches High School. And more projects are in the pipeline for the spring semester.

StuCo’s most recent venture, headed by Vice President and Community Service Chair Raquel Pasillas, was “Socktober,” where socks were donated to the Women’s Shelter and GODTEL. In additions, socks were sold to sponsor a student in Uganda by paying for his annual tuition and books needed for his education..

Up next is the “Hearty Heart Race,” part of “Heart Healthy Month” in February, where student council plans to spread awareness of heart disease. This is one of the club’s biggest events of the year; all senior student council members are required to participate.

This event was started four years ago by the NHS then Vice President Trishala Roy. The idea originated out of a meeting of the NHS Presidents Round Table back in 2016 and became even more significant after an NHS staff member suffered a heart attack. During February, StuCo members not only educate students and staff about heart health, but they also raise money for the American Heart Association through their “Hearty Heart Race.”

Students and staff engage in friendly competition between departments, seeing which group can raise the most money. Buckets placed around campus and in classrooms are used to collect monetary donations. Red “Hearty Heart Race” shirts are sold for $10, with 50 percent of sales donated to the American Heart Association.

Kayla Escarcega, Student Council President and E&E (Energy and Environment) Chair, who has been with the organization four years now, said, “I like how [the event] involves the students and informs them on the different types of diseases and how they can help by just donating.”

Tray Jones, treasurer and DASH (Drug Alcohol Safety and Health) chair said, “I like how it brings our whole school together, students and staff, to fight for a cause. It’s fun as Student Council to put on this event.”

Last year, student council raised $2,000 for American Heart Association – more than double than the previous year. The math department helped increase the total by bringing in the most T-shirt sales, and cafeteria staff brought in the most money in their bucket fundraiser.

Student Council plans to raise even more money this year by creating the title of “King of Hearts.” Each department at NHS will be paired with a male student, who will vie for the title. The male student who raises the most money – with the help of his department – will be crowned “King of Hearts” at the NHS Valentine’s Dance on Feb. 14.

Departments and their “King of Hearts” representatives include: English/Library/ESL, Tray Jones; Math, Librado Sowell; Social Studies, Braxton Roberts; Science, Cole Stephens; Foreign Language, Mason Howell; PE/Health, Nana Antwi-Boasiako; Special Ed, Malik Tilley; Fine Arts, Nick Peterson; CTE, Sam Jacobs; Office Faculty & Staff, Nicolas Upshaw; and Cafeteria/Custodians, Jackson Castleberry.

For more information on how to get involved in Student Council or help support the “Hearty Heart Race” through a donation, please contact the group’s advisor, Dr. Katherine Whitbeck, at kwhitbeck@nacisd.org.

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