Shamrocks and Chocolate: Better than a Pot of Gold

By Danielle Matta

               At 9a.m. on Friday, March 15th, Tuscarora High School’s halls were occupied by students clad in attire other than just skinny jeans − little green hats and red beards, to be precise. The sophomore class council dressed up as leprechauns for their sponsored Sham-a-Gram fundraiser to celebrate the upcoming Irish holiday on the 17th, as well as to deliver candy and shamrocks to make 5th block students’ mornings a little greener.

              The previous Wednesday and Thursday, sophomore class officers manned a table during lunch, selling king-sized chocolate bars like M&M’s, Twix, Kit-Kats, and others, each for a dollar. Students were able to buy a chocolate and a shamrock (on which they could write an optional message) for themselves or a friend. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, the Sham-a-Grams were then delivered during the first class of the day at the end of the week.

              The money made from the fundraiser goes towards the 2014 prom, along with the rest of the money raised by the sophomore class during the past two years. And according to Thomas Kronenberg, 10th grade vice president, the funds are well on their way to reaching his personal goal of $10,000. Much of the money came from the last recent sophomore sponsored event, the Neon Night Dance back in February.  Both Kronenberg and Mrs. Benedum, one of the sophomore class sponsors, were pleased with the outcome of the dance.

              “It was a huge success. The DJ was fantastic, the lasers he had were awesome, and I liked the fact that it wasn’t in the gym, because the cafeteria was perfect for it,” Kronenberg says. In fact, the dance was so popular among students that the council not only made back what they spent but doubled it in ticket profits.

              And there’s more where that came from — the 10th grade class council definitely has more up their sleeves, and are currently in the process of planning some sort of outdoor event for the imminent spring-time weather.

              Although the Sham-a-Grams were not expected to make a huge profit, the council saw them as an opportunity to get rid of the candy from the Neon Dance that was leftover from the refreshments table, while also making a little bit of extra money.

              “If we make ten bucks, that’s ten bucks more than we had before. If we make $50, that’s awesome. If we make a $100, swell. But they really just wanted to dress up as leprechauns,” says Mrs. Benedum.

Truly though, the accomplishments thus far from the sophomore class council are impressive, and how much money and student participation they receive during their events fundamentally affects most of the school.  “In the end, it all comes back to prom,” says Kronenberg. “That’s why we are making all this money and fundraising.  If we reach my personal goal of 10,000 dollars, then we’re going to have an awesome prom.”