Amador Valley High School's "We the People" team is hosting a fundraising event from 7-9 p.m. tonight at the Firehouse Arts Center to help pay the cost of its trip to the national finals in Washington, D.C. next month.
"We consider it to be a distinct honor to represent our community in our quest to bring home a national title," a team member said. "To make our dream come true, it will take $60,000 of community support to send the 22 of us to Washington."
The event, "An American Passport," will include international appetizers, refreshments, a silent auction and a team exhibition with "celebrity" judges.
The team is asking for a $35 suggested donation but any support is welcome.
Checks can be made out to:
Amador Valley High School (AVHS) Competition Civics
(Tax ID #94-3062524)
1155 Santa Rita Rd, Pleasanton CA 94566
Both high schools' "We the People" teams had strong showings at the state competition held Jan. 30-31 in Bakersfield, with the Dons taking the top spot in the event. Foothill High School ranked third out of the 10 teams competing.
This year's Amador Valley team is the 14th team in the high school's history to qualify for the national competition, which will be held from April 23-29.
"They have learned so much since last summer," said Stacey Sklar, Amador Valley's new WTP coach. "I am extraordinarily proud of their commitment and hard work."
Sklar teaches English at Amador Valley but she also has a law degree from New York University.
Sklar used to volunteer as judge when the team would practice, adding that she has always enjoyed and admired the program.
The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Ave. in downtown Pleasanton.