Kevin Lynch | firstname.lastname@example.org | May 30, 2019
d.tech has been expanding its different school activities as the school has grown, which includes clubs. But do you ever find yourself wondering who gets what money, and how? The Dragon investigated.
It turns out that a large amount of money is allocated towards clubs. According to d.tech’s club manager, Student Culture Coordinator Henry Lonnemann, the school sets aside 20,000 dollars at the start of the year for club funding. “We want to give money to clubs if they do things positively [so that they] become active and healthy to support the mission of the school,” says Lonnemann, “ The parameters for requesting money are loose, giving clubs a lot of options for what they can request money for. TEDx Design Tech High School requested money for equipment rentals, Debate Club requested money for entrance fees to competitions, and the Aquarium Club requested money for a tank and lights. However, you can’t expect to get money for everything you want. For example, food-related and party related requests for grants are denied. “We don’t want to give money for like a pizza party,” says Lonnemann.
The process for getting a grant for your club is simple: “Just give us a pitch and then see if [you] get the money,” says Lonnemann. Student club leaders often meet on lab days to present their grant pitches to Lonnemann. This method for getting grants has been successful for many different clubs who need a medium to a large amount of money every once and awhile, but for small clubs like the Aquarium Club, the process can be a burden.
Junior Kyle Fujii, the co-lead of the Aquarium Club, was very grateful for the grants for their lights and auto water top off system. However, Fujii believes the grant pitch system is over-complicated for their more common club expenses such as coral and fish, which are bought on a regular basis in order to expand tank. “It’s easier to just use my own money for the small stuff,” says Fujii, who often has to buy coral and fish Directly from local reefkeepers using his own money.
When asked how much money has been used from the club budget, Lonnemann responded: “We’ve only used about 20 percent of the budget…since there’s more money left, clubs should be requesting more money.” This leaves 16,000 dollars left in the club fund, likely to be saved for next year. This raises some questions among students, such as: what about other areas, like leadership? According to Isabelle Yu, d.leadership treasurer, “Leadership hasn’t gotten any money from the school this year” and “the fund is entirely student raised,” Does the school not know about the leadership club funding, or do they not want to give any money to the student-led group? “We do receive a lot of complaints about school dances,” says Isabelle, “If (students) want better dances a little money from the school would help a lot.”
Dtech has succeeded in creating a strong club base. We are seeing more and more popular clubs pop up each year and the trend seems like it’s going to continue for a while. But as we see from how much money is left in the budget, how can we make good use of all of the resources given to us and how can we raise awareness for how much the school gives us. For now, if any students have club ideas for next year, they can talk to Lonnemann and see if they can get a head start on the ideating (and fundraising) process.