Two young latina students told the Lincoln City City Council that they’re seeking funding to send up to 35 young latina and latino students to Portland for what they called very important leadership training – training to encourage young students to think of themselves as worthy of going to college, and to be willing to lead themselves and others to make excellent grades in order to make that happen.
Sheyssa Ortiz and Inez Gomez said 35 latino students, which is about a third of all latino students at Taft High, are hoping to attend the training session in Portland March 9th. But it’s going to cost well over a thousand dollars to pay for it. Ortiz said their Mecha Club will be holding a number of fundraisers to help raise the money but also they’re putting out a call to the community for its assistance as well. Although they didn’t get any immediate offer from the city, they did get two contributions from city councilors Alex Ward and Gary Ellingson, each chipping in $20.
Ortiz said they are planning car washes, cookie sales, and to receive a big share of the proceeds from an upcoming pizza party at Gallucci’s.
Those who would like to contribute the students’ cause can make a donation to the Mecha Club of Taft High. Either drop off a check at the high school or call for more information at Taft High at 541-996-2115.