For Hometown News
PORT ST. LUCIE - On Friday, Jan. 27, Treasure Coast High School hosted its first winter/spring pep rally recognizing all student athletes with proceeds going to the United Way of St. Lucie County.
Maggie Choppa, advisor of four chosen Titan student leaders, planned and carefully organized the pep rally in hopes of raising the most money for United Way to make Treasure Coast the winner for the third year in a row.
The United Way is a foundation that funds many charities which support children, families and the sick. All districts have been asked to raise money for the United Way. With this known, Treasure Coast High School wanted to do something that will not only raise enough money but include the most school participation.
The student leaders of Treasure Coast, Jenna Silva, Shemaiah Kenon, Valentina Miranda, Medjy Pierre-Louis and Sharayne Edwards, all diligently worked with Ms. Choppa to organize the pep rally, taking on assigned roles. It included games, which required participation from athletes, a Wobble flash mob that featured the talents of administrators and students, and kept the student body entertained with four big beach balls and music provided by Traxx Entertainment.
While the pep rally seems to have been a huge success, a lot of work was put into creating the vision come to life.
Marketing the pep rally, contacting and keeping in touch with the winter and spring sports coaches, creating a pep rally ticket design, getting everything approved are just a few items that were on the agenda to get done.
On top of that, student leaders created a fundraiser on the side in hopes of generating more money: the donate for a Dum-Dum Foundation. Students and teachers were asked to donate 50 cents for a Dum-Dum lollipop, $1 for five Dum-Dums or to just simply donate any amount of money with all of the proceeds also going to the United Way.
This fundraiser took place from Jan. 24 to Jan. 30. The student leaders raised approximately $60 in the first few days of Dum-Dum fundraising. As of the morning of Jan. 27, Treasure Coast High School raised approximately $1,174, and they were not finished collecting money.
TCHS Principal Denise Rodriguez was more than proud and praised Ms. Choppa with "great job" while briefly speaking with her in the halls. As a first-year principal Mrs. Rodriguez has increased and promoted student and administration participation, which has taken a positive toll on campus.
Ms. Choppa and the student leaders thank Traxx Entertainment the Titan coaches and athletes, Hometown News for covering community events, Joe Randazzo for being the pep rally MC, the administration team, the Titan Wobblers and a fantastic student body.
The Treasure Coast Titans hope to reign as champions once again and believe they will never go wrong supporting United Way the Titan way.