The return to campus in 2021 post-COVID has been bittersweet for some. The school spirit was lacking after a year of distance learning, and the funds for student activities are tighter than ever. However, the Associated Student Body group at Montebello High School in Los Angeles was determined to make this year better than ever, and they enlisted Chipotle for some help.
“The events we did have were limited and we dug into our ‘rainy day’ fund, because in the students’ eyes, last school year was the biggest rainy day ever! This school year we are back on campus and are trying to get back on track to help the students of Montebello High School acclimate to life on campus and bring them some sense of normalcy,” Tina-Marie Lozano, director of student activities at Montebello High School tells us.
The Associated Student Body is a group of students that acts as the student council and liaisons to the rest of the school. As a leadership group, they are not classified as an intervention class and therefore not allocated money like other student groups and teams. The ASB must raise funds for every activity.
“A lot of these kids have had to grow up a lot due to COVID. We’re trying to come up with activities to help them get away from everything when they come back to campus,” Lozano said to us.
At the beginning of the school year, the ASB hosted an event called club rush with different tables set up to show students what clubs and sports they have on campus. The ASB helped clubs buy decorations for their tables and organized the event.
“The money we raised through this fundraiser will help us buy supplies to help bring back the school spirit we had before we shut down,” Lozano says.
To promote the different events they’re hosting and bring the school spirit back, the ASB dedicates time to creating posters to hang up throughout the school. Since the supplies they had weren’t used for over a year, coming back to school meant needing to purchase all new poster supplies including paint and brushes. Hosting a fundraiser at their local Chipotle helped them continue their efforts in bringing the Oiler pride back to their school.
The next event the ASB is hosting is a mental health rush, where different agencies will come in and provide mental health resources and information to students. The ASB group wants to encourage students that it’s cool to talk to somebody and help students adjust and get back on track to graduate by staying healthy.
“Many of our students have experienced loss and feel estranged from what was once their everyday lives. The little things our student council is doing, we hope, will help our students. And we have Chipotle to thank for helping achieve our goals,” Lozano tells us.
If your school needs help raising funds to get back on track and bring the school spirit back to campus, click here to apply for a fundraiser with Chipotle.