• Isabel Dennis

Fundraising with Food: The Crockpot Cookoff

Many different smells fill the hallway. Students being dismissed every once and awhile to tend to their dishes. The bells rings half an hour early as students rush to the cafeteria. People stand in the doorway checking tickets, tables are set up, two dishes per table. People vote for the best dish.

The ECHS music department hosted their annual Crock Pot Cook-Off.

In order for the event to happen, there were many different parts that came into play. Every student from all of the music ensembles come into the auditorium and form groups of three. Each person in the group has a main job, there is the head chef, the scooper/ cleanup crew, and the middle job. For the middle job there are a few different options to choose from, such as: wristband seller the week before the event, at the door wristband checker, room cleanup crew, and poster creator. The head chef has to bring in the ingredients, make a list of ingredients for allergies, bring in the crockpot, and make the dish. The scooper has to serve the dish and help clean up the section after the event. On top of the individual jobs for each person, every music student has to sell two tickets. Every music student also has to buy a ticket for themselves.

Every other year the music department goes to a competition at Six Flags. The students take buses to get to the competition and then have fun at the park while waiting for the results. Last year, all ensembles came out with first place and honorable mentions. In order to save up the money for the competition, the music department comes together. One of the main fundraisers is the Crock Pot Cook-off; all of the money raised from ticket sales goes toward the competition.

ECHS senior, Destiny Diaz, gave her point of view as a music student on the topic. She said, “I think that it is a fun and exciting way to raise money for our bi-annual competition at Six Flags because it makes everyone get together as a group rather than an individual fundraiser."

However, not everyone feels the same way. Another music student, ECHS sophomore, Daniella Fernino said, “It is getting old. We can be more creative and come up with new ideas.” But Daniella says that she does look forward to one thing, and that thing is “food.”

There are many different things that people are looking forward to at the fundraiser. ECHS sophomore, Ayana Villanueva said that, like Daniella, she was looking forward to “food!”. Destiny is looking forward to, “Food. I am looking forward to being part of a community where music is celebrated and encouraged.”Many students will most likely be looking forward to the food and getting out of class a little bit early in order to attend. The event was on a Friday this year, which was one of the best ways to end the last week of the first quarter.

Destiny said, “it is a fun and exciting way to raise money for our bi-annual competition at Six Flags because it makes everyone get together as a group rather than an individual fundraiser”


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