New event at Kennedy inspired by the roaring 20’s

by Kathy Garcia (Layout Editor) – 9/25/17

A Block Party, a new event that was planned by student leadership, on September 22, 2017 was held at the quad after the football game to bring together students and give an insight on what is to come throughout the school year.

It’s common for residents of the block or neighborhood to come together and throw what is called a block party. That provided for the inspiration for this event. Student Body president Angel Chaidez explained, “It gives people something to do after a football game. They won’t have to ask around as what to do, go home or go eat and hang out?”

Friday night lights end around 9:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Students like to go home and sleep for the weekend or go out to eat and hang out with friends. “The block party allows students to enjoy themselves and hang out after a game,” stated Renee Franco, Senior Class vice president. “It’s a great way to start off the year.”

It took place at the Quad from 9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Students were charged a $2 entrance fee, and  pizza and water were sold. There was a presale that was $8, which included the entrance fee, food, water. Students who took advantage of this saved $2 if they were to buy all those things individually.

Student Body Vice President Jonathan Lucio commented, “It’s a good way for us to fund raise for future events and for students to enjoy themselves and have a good time.” Student leadership created a playlist and took speakers where students hung out and listened to music.

Meetings were advised to discuss the prices, the decorations, and all other items needed to throw the Block Party. Over the course of planning, posters were made to advertise, decorations were gathered, and calls were made.

Leadership chose to implement the colors gold, white, and black instead of burgundy, white, and gold to make it a school wide event, not a senior event. The Block Party was an all inclusive event to welcome the new year.The previous years there was no such event. The Block Party was a new idea Principal Dr Chavez thought of.

“We went to talk and we started to throw ideas out and the block party stuck,” reported Chaidez. Event planning began shortly after the meeting. Student leadership is planning various events. The Block Party is a preview of some upcoming event that are being planned for both the seniors and the school.