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Kofa student starts ‘Grant a Gown’ fundraiser

Promotional flyer Kofa High School student Isaac Navarrete recently initiated a fundraiser to help members of the Class of 2021 across Yuma County receive a no-cost cap and gown for graduation.

The Grant a Gown project, which secured funding through donations, is geared towards seniors who are unable to pay for their graduation regalia.

“We’ve all had a rough time this year, and our seniors deserve a little more love,” said Navarrete, a junior, who also serves as Kofa’s Student Body President. “It feels good to do good and help those around us.” 

As part of the process Navarrete submitted donation letters to local businesses and individuals soliciting funds to pay for a cap and gown with an estimated average cost of $30-50. Each year, upwards of 100 students between the six YUHSD campuses are unable pay for their graduation regalia.

That was something Navarrete wanted to change. 

“Students in need can submit a request,” Navarrete said. “And on a first-come basis, we will review these requests and get in contact with the student.”

The link to submit a request is tinyurl.com/grantagown.

The Grant a Gown project can also be found on Facebook and Instagram @grantagownyuma. According to Navarrete, they are also still accepting donations to fund regalia.

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org