Students in Hanford, California will no longer be able to raise money for extra curricula’s through carwash fundraisers. The Hanford Joint Union High School District is among the latest casualties of the worsening drought conditions in California.
School officials voted this month to ban car-wash fundraising for the next school year.
“We’re trying to be mindful of the drought,”Hanford West Principal Darin Parson told told HanfordSentinel.com. “In light of the situation the state’s in, it just didn’t make sense for us. We want to conserve as much water as possible.”
Carwashes have been the district’s biggest fundraisers. In their place, students started a new tradition called A Miles Worth of Quarters, in which they asked for change at intersections from passing vehicles.
Lemoore Union High School District also banned carwash fundraisers. For the girls basketball team, the change has been a welcome one. A coach for the team said carwash fundraisers usually only brought in a few hundred dollars. Now they hold chicken dinners, the first of which raised more than $1,000 for the team.