The Pepperbox

The Student News Site of Arcata High School

The Pepperbox

The Pepperbox

The winner of the 2024 Kinetic Grand Championship: HumBULLdt Pie Factory
Competing for the glory at the annual Kinetic Grand Championship
Ryenne Kile and Taya Holmes June 12, 2024

The 2024 annual Kinetic Race took place over Memorial Day Weekend. It launched on Saturday, May 25 at 12:07 p.m. from the Arcata Plaza and concluded...

Cast of Alice by Heart bowing at the end of closing night
Down the rabbit hole: A review of “Alice by Heart”
Ilana Maclay, Feature editor • June 12, 2024

Lights fade. Drapes open. The audience falls quiet. The Spring musical production of “Alice by Heart” opens with a beautiful image of Alice...

Ethnic studies class postponed yet again
Taya Holmes, Copy Editor • June 12, 2024

California will be the first state to implement a high school graduation requirement for an ethnic studies class. California is requiring that...

Bathrooms vandalised, students suspended
Caterina Morones, Production Manager • June 12, 2024

Admin closed multiple bathrooms until further notice due to accounts of vandalism, vaping, and other disrespectful acts. Principal Ron Perry...

Gary: The man behind the cemetery gate
Andrea Merezko, Social Media Director • June 12, 2024

When one goes to school it isn't plain to the mind what surrounds the school campus. Whether that’s coffee shops or gas stations for snacks...

AHS Fundraisers

Russell Gaskell

The unfortunate reality for many rural public high schools is a lack of funding. As a result, many of those schools have tough decisions to make regarding where their little funding goes. However, fundraising is a way for interested students, involved parents, and dedicated school staff to come together and raise money for school trips, events, and equipment that have the potential to create lasting memories for the students. 

“I think that we do have a really supportive community where people care, and people want to maintain a tradition of excellence,” Principal Ron Perry said.

A chaotic collage of random sections of How to Train Your Dragon, Lord of the Rings, Tales from the Crypt, City of Stars, and Pure Imagination all clash against each other as students anxiously practice their parts one last time before opening the doors for their spring orchestra fundraiser, the Movie and Marinara auction. 

This is just one of the examples of the fundraisers that support our school’s programs. Without the generosity of our community, athletes would have to pay for their awards, musicians would have to pay

 for expensive equipment and instruments, and clubs would have to pay for events independently.


The ArMack Orchestra’s Movie and Marinara auction on May 2nd and 3rd raised money for the program’s costs, like sheet music, instrument repair, uniforms, etc., and traveling expenses. “Each year costs about $1,500 just to tune [the pianos] one time,” Cassandra Moulton-Rizzo, a music teacher at Arcata and Mckinleyville, said.

One challenge this year was that there were three fundraisers in six weeks. “It’s a lot that we already ask our community to come out for and donate for and then having them all stacked on top of each other,” Moulton said. 

Another amazing fundraiser at AHS was the TIGER’s Inc. dinner auction on March 30th which raised $32,374.66 to support the athletics department and purchase sports awards for all athletes.

“It’s a lot of planning […] The planning for the auction starts a year in advance,” Hanh Trieu said, with the date and location of the auction being booked at the beginning of the prior academic year.

Most of the sports teams helped out. Volleyball was in charge of setting up and decorations, football set up the tables, tennis ran the bar, basketball got numerous live auction donations and Sammy’s BBQ, and cross country, track and field, swim, and softball cleaned up the event. “There’s months of preparation and the biggest preparation is getting donations. And that’s not always easy,” Trieu said.

Live student-performed music filled the AHS FAB as interacters whizzed around setting up tables and prepped spaghetti, salad, and bread for their spaghetti fundraiser on April 26th. The event raised $2000 for RAGAS, Rotary Action Group Against Slavery. 

“It was great to see so many people there. We did better than we’ve done in previous years, and we’re hoping that next year will be even more successful,” Interact Vice President Noah Macknicki said. 

Unfortunately, fundraising takes meticulous planning, countless hours of behind-the-scenes work, and many willing volunteers. Currently, it’s a small group of people doing most of the work. “[It’s]a collection of small parents, going above and beyond for the benefit of the kids […] so send out the clarion call, let’s get some parents involved,” Perry said.

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Pepperbox

Your donation will support the student journalists of Arcata High School. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
About the Contributor
Andrew Trieu
Andrew Trieu, Photo Team
Andrew Trieu is a reporter for Arcata High School’s Pepperbox, a student-run newspaper. He writes about the various sports that Arcata High participates in and absolutely dominates. With his experience in many sports and connections to numerous athletes, he provides accurate and exciting stories of sports events. In addition to sports events, he hopes to cover topics that spark debates amongst the student population. They can range from seemingly trivial arguments to schoolwide controversies. To truly report on these issues, he plans to interview a wide range of students.
Donate to The Pepperbox

Comments (0)

All The Pepperbox Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *