La Jolla High School clubs that give back

Editor’s note: La Jolla High seniors Erika Ostroff and Colburn Mowry are sharing news from their campus throughout the school year.

There is no doubt that winter has graced the La Jolla High School campus. Hot chocolate sales through the Associated Student Body are increasing, decorations adorn classrooms and scarves are no longer a fashion statement, but a necessity.

With the holidays around the corner, students at La Jolla High have found beauty in giving back to the community and their presence is the greatest gift.

Among several clubs at La Jolla High, the Clean Campus Club decided to give back to Mother Earth. Club President Tess Reardon, along with a number of participants, thought it would be most fitting to give of their time by participating in a beach cleanup at Tourmaline Beach. Her reasoning behind this activity is that students are gifted with La Jolla’s picturesque beaches, but often overlook their (the beaches) value.

“Students use them (the beaches), but more often than not, abuse them,” Reardon said. “We must take it upon ourselves to express our appreciation, and that’s why we decided on a beach cleanup.”

Join the La Jolla High School Clean Campus Club from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20 for its annual “E-Waste” event. “E-Waste” encourages community members to bring old and used technology to campus. The club will then transport all electronics and properly recycle them. Although the event will take place after the holiday season, there is no time constraint on helping repair the world and giving of one’s time.

— Erika Ostroff

For La Jolla High senior BreaRose Smith, the only difference between this holiday season and the rest of the year is the weather. While many focus on gift giving and self-service during these winter months, Brea’s altruistic side shines throughout the year.

Since the founding of Fight for the Cure, a nonprofit La Jolla High School club dedicated to raising cancer awareness, Brea has been instrumental in organizing fundraisers and helping to plan events such as the annual “Teens for a Cure Walkathon.” This year, Brea is president of Fight for the Cure.

Fight for the Cure is one of the most noticeable clubs on campus. Just last week, Brea and other members of the club were doing their usual Ortega’s fundraiser, in which they sell burritos to a hungry group of ninth- through 12th-graders, all scrambling to get a place in the crowd. The burritos are a hot item — and man do they go fast.

Brea takes great pride in her club, and loves selling out of product at almost all of her fundraisers.

“Fight for the Cure is all about giving back while raising cancer awareness through our fundraisers at school and our Teens for a Cure Walkathon,” BreaRose says when asked to summarize the purpose of the club.

Fight for the Cure donates 100 percent of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society. The club was created by Maggie Walsh in 2006 after losing her father to brain cancer.

Since then, the club has managed to raise thousands of dollars for cancer research. A large portion of the donations comes from the walkathon, which attracted more than 250 La Jolla High students and hundreds of other supporters.

If you’re looking for an example of young philanthropy at its finest, look no further than Fight for the Cure at La Jolla High.

— Colburn Mowry