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Walnut Grove High School's very own students competed in a popcorn fundraiser this past week in order to raise money for the school’s PBIS store and reward system. The fundraiser was encouraged by students, known as the “Popcorn Men”.
by Annabelle Adams and Natonya Clinger
Walnut Grove High School's very own students competed in a popcorn fundraiser this past week in order to raise money for the school’s PBIS store and reward system. The fundraiser was encouraged by school members, known as the “Popcorn Men”, in order to promote sales.
The chosen “Popcorn Men” consist of seniors Gemir Rounsaville, Thomas Grace, and Maddox Rubio along with freshman Bostyn Rounsaville. The group describes their impact to the fundraiser as a way to, “Get the word out and get more people to sell popcorn. We also get to lead by example.”
While the fundraiser was created with many benefits in mind, “The main goal is to help bring money to the school, so we can do fun events and really just reward the students,” Thomas Grace states. The money raised from this fundraiser is also set to help the school do “bigger and better things with PBIS,” Mrs. Smith, Walnut Grove’s marketing teacher and director of the PBIS system, explains.
Mrs. Smith also expresses her excitement for the fundraiser by saying, “I want to make sure that when we run these things that they are relevant to the students. I want to make sure that it’s something that they really want to achieve. Not just for the reward but for how this applies to their next steps.”
Not just the teacher’s at Walnut Grove were excited for the fundraiser, the school’s very own Popcorn Men were hyped as well. “I’m excited because the popcorn’s great,” Grace expresses. “The planning for the fundraiser is also pretty fun because you get to do a whole bunch of fun activities that help promote the sales. We even get to do TikToks randomly, and we also get to edit the ads,” he mentions while explaining how it feels to be one of the Popcorn Men.
Maddox Rubio expresses his feeling of being a Popcorn Man by saying, “It’s pretty cool because I get to help make my school a better place for the next few years, and I am grateful that I was chosen to do this.”
However, some of the other popcorn men did not feel the same way when it came to holding the title. When asked about what it was like being a Popcorn Man, Bostyn Rounsaville expressed his thoughts by saying with a smile, “It’s horrible because everybody won’t stop talking about it. Everybody keeps saying, ‘Mr. Popcorn Man’. Even the teachers are saying it; the administrators too.”
The fundraiser’s top sellers, on the other hand, were feeling very hopeful about their raisings. “I guess you could say it felt great being a top seller. It was a nice feeling being in first place,” Priscilla Garcia, Tuesday’s top seller, expresses. “My family kept encouraging me to win,” Garcia adds, making her desire to be the top seller even more important.
Since the fundraiser was so competitive between students due to the prizes, Garcia happened to be passed by Wednesday’s top seller, Grant Smith. The fundraiser encouraged students to sell, by offering prizes such as $50 gift cards every day to the top seller, along with $3,500 being split amongst the top three sellers. “I’m just gonna hope I stay at the top so I can get the money. I really want the 500 dollars,” Smith comments.
With the fundraiser coming to an end and the competition between students slowing down, the school continues to be excited for the future of their PBIS system. Students at Walnut Grove are now guaranteed to see their future PBIS events and rewards be “bigger and better” due to their very own hard work.
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