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April 20, 2024

SBHS credits community cooperation for 2019 carnival

Courtesy of San Benito High School:

San Benito High School credits community spirit and cooperation for allowing the annual carnival to be held at Veterans Memorial Park this past Spring, rather than forcing cancellation of the event that is enjoyed by locals and helps fund the Associated Student Body (ASB) trip to the CASC (California Association of Student Councils) leadership camp each summer.

“From County Chief Administrative Officer Ray Espinosa and Edgar Nolasco to the County Board of Supervisors and local agencies such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars and youth sports groups including Hollister Little League, San Benito Babe Ruth, Hollister Heat and more, the community came together to find a suitable alternative site for the carnival since our campus stadium parking lot was closed due to ongoing construction,” Superintendent Dr. Shawn Tennenbaum said. 

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Maria Spandri and George Nava of the VFW helped advocate for Veterans Memorial Park to be the alternate location and were given Baler STRONG recognition at an SBHS Board of Trustees meeting for their tremendous support of our students. In June, the high school showed its thanks by donating $500 to the VFW and Hollister Little League and $250 to the Babe Ruth league for their cooperation. 

SBHS plans to thank and make donations to other youth sports groups, including the Hollister Heat, Hollister Tremors, and BlackJax at future Board meetings.

“We thank everyone in our community who worked to support our students,” Tennenbaum said. “There has been real, positive collaboration among various agencies, all of which benefit local youth.” 

Due to the collaborative efforts of community organizations and agencies, this past Spring, the carnival brought in the largest revenue to date, allowing ASB students to attend the annual CASC conference.

“It was such a pleasure to work with community leaders on behalf of our students and we are extremely thankful for all of the support and teamwork,” Tennenbaum said. “This process was truly a team effort and one that showed the Baler spirit reaches far beyond the campus.”

Photo: Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum presents a check to the VFW.

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