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Taco ’bout a sale!

It is that time of the year again! The Shawano Community Culture Club hosted their annual Famous Indian Taco Sale on Tuesday, February 13 from 5 p.m. until they sold out in the Shawano Community High School commons during the boys varsity basketball game.

An addition to this year’s taco sale is Sundrop Slushies to go alongside the Indian Tacos and Culture Club t-shirts. This year’s t-shirts were designed by club member, sophomore Autumn VanDerLinden.

The club graciously received donations from local Shawano food product supplier, Reinhart, which provided cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and lettuce. Other donations came from family and friends of the club members and the club itself.

The club held multiple meetings in advance to handle preparations for this sale. The preparations included formatting a plan as to who was in charge of bringing in extra items like onions, jalapeños, taco sauce, etc. and asking members to volunteer their time to help with the actual cooking or the sale itself.

“To be part of Culture Club you have to participate,” Mrs. Melonie Reopelle, Culture Club advisor stated. “That doesn’t mean you have to spend money, but you can help set up, sell, or clean up. It takes a lot of people to put a taco sale on. If you are unable to make the sale, there [are] plenty of other activities one can participate in.”

Not only does it take a lot of people for a taco sale, but also a lot of time. Family members have been known to come and help make the frybread right here at school so it is hot and fresh.

“Usually we start about three weeks prior to determine dates,” Culture Club president, senior Trinaty Caldwell stated.

The driving force behind the Culture Club taco sale is to raise funds for the club itself. The funds are aimed to aid the club in their activities.

“The funds are for things we do within in our club which are things like donating to Toys for Tots, food drives, adopting a child at Christmas and the big one that the kids all like is the end of the year field trip,” said Mrs. Reopelle. “I believe it is important to teach our students to give back to our community. However, it is also really nice be able to take them somewhere also.”

The intention of Culture Club is to promote different cultures, spread diversity and equality.  This year included a new activity with the Boys and Girls Club and possibly having elders in to tell stories of different cultures. They are always looking for new ideas and new members. As their t-shirt says, “Culture Club is not for one culture, it welcomes all.”

Each member has their own reasons to join the organization.

“I joined because I wanted to be involved in the school and heard Culture Club was the club I needed to join,” vice president, senior Ruthie Tucker, said.

Overall, the Shawano Community Culture Club had a successful Indian taco sale, and the members are looking forward to another sale next year.