The SSN Program, which stands for the Significant or Severe Needs program at Chaparral High School focuses on teaching students individualized ways to succeed in and past their high school careers. As this program can be highly demanding, sometimes money from the district can’t pay for everything they need in order to build their education on real life skills and communication. By the security office, the SSN team and students will be selling baked goods for one dollar, large glitter stress jars for five dollars, one dollar stress balls, orbeez stress balls for two dollars, five dollar Chaparral paw print stickers, Chaparral t-shirts for thirty dollars, and lastly “autumn-in-a-jar” spice for five dollars. SSN teacher Kimberly Laterza has worked extremely hard in order to make this fundraiser fun, successful, and educational for the sellers and the buyers. “Not only are we raising money to support our community outings, cooking initiatives, and an end of the year SSN party, our students are taking ownership of their own program by coming up with products to sell, ways to market, and money management,“ stated Laterza. As learning is a large part of this fundraiser, it is also very important to see the smiling faces on the students as they continue to sell what they worked exceptionally hard to make. Mrs. Laterza said that her favorite thing about this annual fundraiser is “seeing the sense of pride and accomplishment on all of [her] kiddo’s faces.” By purchasing something at this fundraiser, the students will have learned more about finance, while communicating with more peers and teachers. “With your support and generosity, you are providing our students with real life experiences and a sense of pride and accomplishment,” said Laterza. They will be selling all day October 27th during class periods and passing periods.
Story by Ava Houghton