A news website produced by students of A.P. Giannini Middle School
By Eva Ciobanu and Anya Sleeper Sheppard
After much deliberation we have come to the conclusion that the current eighth graders at A.P. Giannini Middle School deserve some recognition. First of all, we are truly exceptional, and bring joy and happiness to everyone here (totally). Secondly, we have come to this school for soon to be three years (and that’s more than anyone can handle). Third of all, we have not (yet) been expelled or held back. For these reasons, we believe that the student body should focus on making this year the best they possibly can.
We, the eighth graders, believe that this year should be the best. One of the things that can make it better is a Great America Field Day. In the past, each grade has gotten to go to an amusement park of some sorts for field day. In recent years, it has changed to only eighth graders getting to go to Six Flags or Great America. During these few weeks that we have been at school, we have heard a rumor that we might not go to Great America unless we raise enough money this year. Eighth grade president Ishaan Batacharya tells us that this is because the bus prices have gone up by 40% since last year, so now it is our responsibility to pay for them. Although this seems hard, we believe that we can get to Great America this year as long as we all do our part to raise money and help out.
A second way this year can be better is if the school dances can be better planned and implemented. For example, even though last year’s dance was fun, there were some things that could have been better. Such as the black tarp on the windows did block out the light, but made the room very hot, which is the main thing people complained about last year. Another thing is that the cafeteria is big, so why not open it all up instead of only using half of the room, this will allow people to have more space and will look nicer. If possible, we feel as though better snacks and drinks will also make the experience better, and would also be a good way to raise money.
A third way this year can be greater is if more food fundraisers happen, we recently had one where krispy kreme donuts were sold. Another idea could be selling Tpumps boba or ice cream on hot days, or pizza on colder days. Or we could organize a movie night with movies that are preferably PG-13. Not only would this be good for raising money, but we know everyone will enjoy it. Bake sales happen often, but usually the items are bought in big boxes from Safeway, which works but selling boba will definitely get more people to purchase, but will also raise a lot of money. All in all, these fundraiser ideas would be an excellent way to raise money that goes towards sports teams, electives, and the Great America trip.
In conclusion, the eighth graders deserve the best last year possible. If you agree, ask your club, elective, or A.P.G. sport’s team to run a fundraiser; you can also talk to any member of the student council about the dance, give ideas to raise money, or volunteer to help with a fundraiser for 8th grade. Also, if your parents want to help out, you can gather donations and give them to them class president or the PTA. We hope the student council will take our ideas into consideration and try to execute them the best that they can.
The Giannini Beacon Gazette is a news site created by the Journalism Club students of A.P. Giannini Middle School and sponsored by Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center (SNBC).