Students overcome loss of bake sales

With the passing of the Healthy Kids Act last year, Ames High no longer is able to see mountains of brownies, cookies, cupcakes and other fattening, yet delicious foods. These bake sales were many clubs’ most lucrative source of revenue, and their loss strained many clubs’ coffers. The students of Ames High, though, have managed to keep their extracurriculars afloat proving their resiliency by using a bit of elbow grease and some raw intellectual creativity. They deserve the utmost praise. National Honor Society, sponsored by the Foods and Home Economics teacher Mrs. VanWardhuizen, was hit the hardest by the ban on bake sales. Traditionally, NHS has had two roles: look nice on college resumes and sell sweets for charities. The exclusivity of NHS hasn’t changed, but now it can’t even do bake sales. “We haven’t done anything,” a high ranking member (who wishes to remain anonymous) said. Key Club (known by many as the “actual volunteering club”) in the past used the money raised from bake sales to buy gifts for Toys for Tots, to make a team for Relay for Life, and to keep the club’s miscellaneous finances balanced. Without bake sales, the volunterrorists have had to rely heavily on donations. “This year, there really was an emphasis on getting donations from people just to maintain the club,” junior Vera Zhao, treasurer of Key Club, said. 100th Green Butterfly Club, besides saving the world, was known for its tasty treats. With the loss of revenue from bake sales, their “influence on outside programs is greatly diminished,” senior, and co-leader Whitney Manhart said. “In fact, all of the money from Fellowship of the Bands goes to the club.” This money is used to pay a bicycle recycling company that brings the paper 100th Green Butterflies gather to the Ames Redemption Center. This service actually puts the club in serious financial trouble, but taking the paper by car would kill the planet. So it is no wonder, then, how the clubs of Ames High are able to keep rolling on and taking an active, positive role in the community. The hard-working, innovative students of this high school are an exemplary example of brilliant creative force youth has to offer.