At Indiana Area Senior High School, many students and their families face financial hardship and cannot afford certain emergency or essential expenses, which hinders their ability to learn and grow. In the past, the community of IHS has raised money for students in these situations, but oftentimes, these fundraisers can be long, arduous, and expose the student to a lot of stress, knowing that many are aware of their hardship.
Therefore, two seniors at IHS (Hasan Ali & Jason Zheng) have decided to spearhead a permanent, anonymous student assistance payment (ASAP) fund, to get necessary items or cash to students in need as quickly, efficiently, and confidentially as possible. Our school counselors have volunteered to help identify and assist students in need. They will be in charge of making sure the fund is available and effective for students, whether it's by using the money to buy shoes or clothing for an individual or using the fund's resources to help a student's family pay their bills. Our counselors will ensure that this fund is only used for students truly in need. For any more information on the fund's operations or procedure, check out our official outline & donor guide.
This fund was created by students for students and has no school district funding as of yet. Therefore, we are asking you, the Indiana area community, to help us out and pitch in whatever you can in order to help struggling students across our high school. If the program is successful enough and has lots of community support, we may even expand to the rest of the Indiana Area School District, and possibly beyond. If you any further questions please email us at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (email@example.com).
We want to thank everyone involved with this initiative, with special consideration towards our advisor, Mrs. Julie Steve, who has always been there to guide us and assist us with the project. We also want to thank Mr. Jared Cronauer of the district administration, who has helped us in setting up the GoFundMe, and we want to thank our counselors for being eager to be involved with the process.
Read our article in the Indiana Gazette!