By Kiana Duggal
Every year the junior high donates approximately $1,000 to a charity of their choice. Bake Wars, a competition between the seventh and eight grades, is an effective way to support different foundations that give back to communities and people in need.
The student council spent a great deal of time deciding on a charity. The one chosen this spring was the non-profit organization, United Nations
UNICEF’s main goal is to overcome obstacles in a child’s path such as poverty, violence, disease or discrimination. It tries to give children the best possible start in life by providing health care, clean water, or immunization.
Seventh grade student council member Leo Gray helped with the decision to choose UNICEF as the charity this year.
“The charity UNICEF was chosen because it’s a great organization that helps kids, and we just wanted to support it,” Gray said.
Junior high student council advisor Elaina Tyson answers how the charity is chosen every year.
“[The student council] comes in at the beginning of the year and does research on a charity. They focus on how much of the money donated will actually go to the people the charity has chosen to help and not to fund the charity’s administrative costs. Keeping in mind that there are administrative costs for any charity, we want preferably 85 to 90 percent of the money earned to go to those who need it most,” Tyson said.
There are many reasons why Bake Wars is a desired event. Tyson favors the event because of the donating aspect. She also appreciates the teamwork of the council, Tyson noted.
“I like the fact that the students come together in order to raise money for a charity, and we don’t keep any of it, we donate every single penny that we raised to the chosen charity,” Tyson said.
While Tyson said the paperwork on the front end isn’t very difficult, occasionally student council has a hard time getting people to sign up to bring goods.
Gray finds it easy to sell the goods and market them to people, but harder to find students in his grade who are willing to bring goods in. He also has his reasons for liking the event.
“My favorite part is engaging with the students and teachers because it’s fun to try and get people to buy your stuff. I’ve also met a few new students and teachers through Bake Wars and engaging with people,” Gray said.
Tyson wants to share the rewarding experience that helping others and giving back to the ones who need it the most can bring.
“I hope it teaches them more than just trying to hustle for the next dollar and get the spirit point. The purpose of this is more about how we can help the wider community. Every time we donate, the charities send back thank you letters and how much they appreciate the help and that’s rewarding, so I hope to share that with the kids,” Tyson said.