On Friday, Sept. 22 the cheerleading squad hosted their annual pasta feed, which is the main fund raiser for their program.
San Juan Unified School District only funds one varsity cheer coach. In order to have cheerleaders at freshmen and JV football and basketball games, the cheerleaders have to raise money so they can afford coaches for all three cheer teams and the song team.
For many years, the profit collected from the pasta feed has covered the costs of additional coaches. Often times there is left over money which is spent on the varsity trip to Disneyland and bonding activities that benefit the entire program, such as their recent backyard fall movie night. These events help create more bonded squads and help teammates become better friends, as well as teammates.
Pasta Feed tickets were sold for only ten dollars and included salad, pasta, bread and butter, as well as cookies and ice cream for dessert.
There were 16 raffle and silent auction baskets at the fund raiser that provide extra funds for the program. Raffle tickets were one dollar each. They were all generously donated from companies such as Brenda Bisharat Photography, Crazy for Yogurt, Skip’s Kitchen, and many more.
All cheerleaders are required to work a two hour shift at the event. Girls pick from setting up, serving food, and cleaning up the event. Setup is the most popular, but those who are assigned the cleanup shift, get to keep the leftover cookies.
“I had a lot of fun setting up for my last pasta feed. I thought this year’s event went really well,” said varsity cheerleader Alyssa Guerra.
The cheer and song leaders are very thankful for all of the donations and people who came to support their team at the event.
Overall, the Cheer Pasta Feed was a huge success this year. Attendees enjoyed good food and had a blast while supporting the spirit leaders.