Gumba’s donates $3,000 for Portola High programs

Cedar Kooyman is focused on his work during art class at Portola High. Gumba’s Pizza donated $3,000 to the school with $1,000 going toward the art program. Photo submitted

Portola Junior-Senior High School appreciates the generosity and support from local restaurant Gumba’s Family Pizza, located in Blairsden. Gumba’s owner Matt Cruse donated $3,000 to be allocated to three programs offered at PJSHS.

“Gumba’s Family Pizza continues to be an outstanding supporter of Portola Junior-Senior High School. We are thrilled to receive this most recent donation and extend a huge thank you on behalf of the students and staff!” said Principal Sara Sheridan.

The proceeds will be divided as follows: $1000 to the football program; $1000 toward the basketball program, to be split evenly between the boys and girls teams; and $1000 to the PJSHS art program.

Sports teams bring in the majority of their fundraising dollars through concession sales at home games. However, due to Covid-19 and the restrictions that have been imposed, teams are struggling to raise the much-needed funds to sustain their programs.

In addition to supporting the PJSHS sports teams, Gumba’s recognized the high school’s ever-expanding art program. Since

Mason Saenz, and Eva McLean (in the background) attend art class at Portola Junior Senior High School. Photo submitted

art teacher Elisabeth Henson joined the Tiger Team, her experience and passion for art has helped bring new programs to campus. For example, Digital Arts, AP Computer Science, and three levels of traditional art instruction from the junior high level to an advanced art class.

Again, due to Covid-19, fundraising abilities for all programs at PJSHS have been hindered. Therefore, the many contributions received from Gumba’s over the years, continue to support students of all interests. “We are truly humbled to be a part of such a generous community that continues to support our kids even during such difficult times. Thank you Gumba’s Family Pizza,” read a statement from the high school.

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