The Serrano High School Cadet Corps held a tamale fundraiser in December that sold over 1,500 tamales. With parents’ help, students conceived and executed the fundraiser by selling to friends, teachers, and family.
Major Anthony Bravo is the Commandant in charge of the Cadet Corps. A program that is now in its fourth year. He says that the idea to have a tamale fundraiser came directly from the parents and students. “It’s totally grassroots. They have an idea, and when they have great ideas, really it’s a no brainer.”
The tamales being sold were pork, chicken, and green chili and cheese. They were sold at 15 dollars per dozen and sold 129 dozen.
Karen Riese is the mother of a cadet corps student and helped make the tamales for the fundraiser. She is uncertain why tamales are so popular during the holiday season. But after helping make them, she suspects they’re popular because it brings people together. Along with her, ten other parents and at least six students helped to make the necessary tamales. Because of the fundraiser’s success, she anticipates it becoming a bi-annual event.