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“As part of the Interact Club, we had an idea that we wanted to raise some money for the animal shelter and there was already a dance that the school was setting up and we talked to (Principal) Mr. (Scott) Davis,” said Deer Park High School team tennis player Tyler Davis, who had just walked off the court after defeating his Summer Creek opponent in the 6A state playoffs last week.

With Tyler adopting two dogs from the Pasadena animal shelter, he saw first-hand that there was a need from the community and caring teenagers to ramrod this project home. So since this was a team effort, what better way to begin raising money for such a worthy cause then at a school’s Homecoming dance.

“My mom printed tickets and we made signs. We basically camped out in the front of the school and we sold ($5) tickets to everybody walking in. We had to annoy everyone into buying tickets. We ended up selling 200. A shout out to my mom for making the (200) tickets. We sold out. I’m really grateful to everybody who bought tickets and wanted to support the cause,” Tyler said.

In need of an “extrovert” to really push the cause of how so many animals were in need of forever homes, Interact Club member Melissa Vasquez turned out to be the cause’s outgoing person. She apparently wasn’t going to take no for an answer from anyone.

“We took the money from the tickets and we ordered boxes from Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and we bought drinks separately. At the dance after the Homecoming game, we sold all of that. We got a lot of money just from selling drinks for $1. We ended up making a profit of $390 and then Mr. Davis pitched in the extra money to get to $500. Hopefully, we can get the animal shelter to come to the high school so we can present them with a check,” Tyler said.

Meanwhile, a very nice young man by the name of Michael McNeil, a junior, was as much a part of this fundraiser as anyone. In fact, he wouldn’t let me end our conversation until I interviewed his friend Tyler and Tyler was still in the middle of his singles match against the Summer Creek player.

“We also like Raising Cane’s so obviously, it all went together pretty well,” said Michael, noting some who bought tickets went well beyond the $5 price, chipping in $20.

Tina Turner, the teacher who oversees the Interact Club, describes Michael and Tyler as “quite industrious.”

Others who helped with this terrific fundraiser were Dustin McGaughey, Ayden Molina, Dustin Dinh, Camila Flores and Slaton Meador. Michael made sure plenty of others received credit for this endeavor, one that will help our furry friends for a long time.

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“Michael and his classmates planned, organized and implemented this entire plan. We could not be more proud of their efforts. We have reached out to the city secretary of Pasadena to see if our students could present the donation to the Mayor and council at an upcoming council meeting,” Davis said.

In looking back on the whole effort, Michael had a simple reply about raising $500 for an animal shelter.

“That’s a rather cool thing,” said Michael, who is ready to move on to his next project and that’s to start a “Go Green Club” at the school.

“It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever done, but it was really rewarding. I hope they can get dog beds and food and maybe use the money to recruit volunteers,” Tyler said.

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Source : https://www.houstonchronicle.com/neighborhood/pasadena/article/Around-Deer-Park-DPHS-s-Interact-Club-raises-16554538.php

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