$900 to go in parade fund drive

       Going into the summer, the fundraising campaign for next October's 40th annual Coronado High School Parade has raised $2,100 of its $3,000 target.

Outgoing Coronado Student Body President Tyler Romero is passing the "torch" for the school's Homecoming Parade to 2010-11 President Maria Escobar
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       Hopefully, the remaining $900 shouldn't pose too big of an obstacle, according to an interview this week with outgoing CHS Student Body President Tyler Romero and incoming President Maria Escobar.
       As the school's first presidential tag team to plan the parade, they have been comparing notes as the school year winds down. Escobar said she knew all about the event's money need when she decided to run for the top student post this spring, and she's already planning fundraising activities with her Student Council over the summer. “We'll do a lot of outdoor stuff like car washes, and we'll get restaurants involved,” she said. “I know people want to help because Coronado is the pride and joy of the Westside.”
       For his part this spring, Romero and his council have been working with school administrators, businesses and individual donors on ways to fund the parade. He's also helped line up the the city permits and made arrangements with alumnus Rick Johnson, who annually volunteers staff from his plumbing business to set out parade barricades - a big money-saver for the school.
       In years past, the outgoing president (a senior) would not be involved with the parade the next fall; his or her successor would start planning that event when school resumed after summer break. But for the 2010 parade, because of tripled expenses from the roughly $1,000 former costs, the school asked for community help. Fundraising basically started right after the 2009 parade. Two big events this spring were the Papa Murphy's night and a dodgeball competition at the school. Westsiders also have been donating into Save the Parade boxes that are on display at participating area businesses. Note: These will be picked up at the end of the school year, then set out when classses start again in August, Romero said.
       If the parade fund is still short at that time, Escobar will have to deal with that issue, along with the need to plan the Oct. 16 event itself, including the synchronization of about 40 floats from school sports and clubs as well as from feeder schools and even the community. But she offered no complaints, even suggesting that working with Student Council members over the summer would “help us bond” more readily than if they got together for the first time after school started. Besides she and Romero agreed, the parade is worth the trouble - even if the actual event, followed by a Homecoming pep rally in Bancroft Park, lasts hardly more than an hour.
       “Some say, 'Oh, that's lame' [the parade], but once they're out there, it's so much fun,” Escobar said.
       Romero likes it so well, in fact, he pledged to come back for it in October even though he expects to be enrolled at CU-Boulder at that time. “Guaranteed,” he said, but added that his attendance would be for fun only. The parade planning itself “is in capable hands,” he said, with a nod to Escobar.

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