Five Star Journal
On Wednesday October 26th, Eisenhower’s ASB president Brenda Villa and our sophomore class president Hailey Adkison, had the opportunity to present the club “We Are Ike” to the non-profit organization iHeartYakima and over 150 community members in attendance at The Seasons Performance Hall downtown.
Brenda and Hailey’s presentation included information about our new club “We Are Ike”; its purpose, its plans, and its progress. They discussed our new “Spirit Pack” (The ASB, the yearbook and the t-shirt for $30,) and how drastic of a change it has been for our funds and our students. “Last year we sold only 400 yearbooks, 800 ASB cards, and less than 100 clothing items from our spirit store… This year, to date we have sold over 1,000 spirit packs in less than 2 months.” At regular price, all of these things would’ve costed $95, an exorbitant amount to ask of students whom are attending a school with a 74% poverty line.
“We Are Ike” was created by Duff DeWitt and his students with the intent of making more students feel like they are a part of something here at Eisenhower, whether or not their families could afford to pay nearly $100 for their student to have something as simple as a t-shirt, a free entry to a football game, or their class yearbook. They raised $16,000 before the school year even began in order to make the $30 Spirit Pack a reality.
The image that Brenda and Hailey were trying to portray to the audience was that here, we are a family. Despite a high percentage of poverty, despite how many kids sitting next to you in class may live below the poverty line, despite how many kids sitting next to you in class may live in a mansion, we are all one and we are all Ike, as stated by Brenda, “What does poverty in a school look like? It looks like high school… We are proud. We are hard working. We are supportive of and enjoy one another.”
The club has a goal to expand and to continue through the years to come, and to make improvements to our school and to our community. We may not have, and we may not ever have, the power to change a family’s income, motivate a student to make school their top priority, or show everyone in this city the great things we are doing at Eisenhower, but we can start somewhere, and here, it is We Are Ike, both literally and theoretically. We want you to feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself, no matter the amount of money in your pocket.