Student councils work to save events at Watertown High
The seniors are selling shirts and the juniors have partnered with Bling jewelry store as ways to pay for events such as prom and J-Cruise
February 11, 2021
This year, most everything at Watertown High School has been canceled due to the pandemic, from trips to events to simple breakfasts, but the student councils are working harder than ever to make sure student events still happen.
Each class year has a student council. The elected positions on the student council are class president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary.
Some typical student events at WHS are the Powderpuff game, which is a football game for upper-class girls, and a pep rally the half day before Thanksgiving vacation.
Carly MacCormack, the Class of 2022 treasurer, said, “Juniors would usually do a car wash to raise money, play in a Powderpuff football game, go on a class field trip, and other fun stuff throughout the year. The status of these activities is unknown, but I’m hopeful for the spring.”
“There’s always an interesting event, whether it’s like a talent show or some kind of silly class event,” said Caiden Kiani, the senior class president at WHS.
A lot of the events at WHS are run by the Pride Committee, which is a student spirit group. Events such as Spirit Week, which leads into the pep rally, are run by that group.
There have already been a lot of fundraisers for events this year to help make sure the seniors experience normal senior events.
Prom is the focus of a lot of fundraising. Since it is in the middle of a pandemic, it is going to be an outdoor event.
Food is a very important part of the event, and it is where most of the money will go toward. The student council want to make sure that it is comfortable and thrilling. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much released information.
According to Caiden, “Prom is still up in the air.”
Recently, the senior class had a Chipotle fundraiser. If you went into Chipotle and said you were a part of the Class of 2020, 33 percent of the money you spent on your meal would go to senior prom. Unfortunately, it was not a great success, and Chipotle had trouble with the in-person orders. But the student council is confident that it will work out the kinks next time. It is going to try fundraisers with Panera and Ben and Jerry’s.
“Hopefully going forward some of the other organizations will be a little more prepared,” Caiden said.
The Class of 2021 is selling Raider Nation T-shirts — but the fundraiser ends Friday, Feb. 12. The shirts are white, nice and simple with a black-and-red W, and they are available to anyone. The shirts are $15 for the short sleeve and $20 for the long sleeve shirts. All of the money raised will go to prom and other senior activities. (Buy shirts HERE)
Meanwhile, the junior student council have had very little to do this year.
“The only real thing that the junior class has planned as of right now is J-Cruise,” said Carly. “We are still doing events trying to raise money. Recently, there was a fundraiser at Playa Bowls in Harvard Square.”
The junior class has also teamed up with Bling jewelry store on Main Street for a Valentine’s Day-themed fundraiser. If you mention the Class of 2022 when you make a purchase, 10 percent of the cost will go to that student council to offset the costs of its events. (Buy jewelry HERE).
–Feb. 10, 2021–
Elena Kiani is a member of the Raider Times staff.