By Kathy Chouteau
As the De Anza High School’s Asian Student Union readies to host its third annual Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Graduation Sash Ceremony, it’s appealing for community support to purchase senior sashes via an online GoFundMe fundraiser.
The Asian Student Union, which launched its first AANHPI Graduation Sash Ceremony in May 2019, previously raised funds to cover the cost of the sashes through restaurants, ‘First Fridays’ and school activities, per the GoFundMe page. “Amidst the pandemic, we have been limited to profit from our usual affairs,” organizer Misha Sitchon stated on the fundraising page, underscoring the need for community support this year.
Although the pandemic has thrown them a curveball, the Asian Student Union remains resolute in continuing its budding tradition by presenting De Anza’s Class of 2021 AANHPI students with graduating sashes by May 31.
“Especially with the increase of AANHPI hate, we find it more difficult to not celebrate and empower our seniors. There are over 40 students wishing to receive a sash this year, but not enough funds to cover everyone. Our Asian Student Union officers and advisors would appreciate any donations or shares, nonetheless, thank you for your consideration,” stated Sitchon.
According to Nicole Santos, a spokesperson for GoFundMe, De Anza’s Asian Student Union fundraiser is featured on a #StopAsianHate centralized hub created by the fundraising platform “in response to the recent surge in violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) across the U.S.,” and which is intended as “a centralized, rallying point for those who want to donate and support.”
As of this writing, the De Anza Asian Student Union’s GoFundMe has raised $145 of its $1,100 goal to purchase the sashes. To support the fundraiser, click here.