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Franklin High Cheer Squad Aims for Macy's Day Parade

Three cheerleaders were invited to participate in the parade, but they'll need some help from the community to get there.

Three cheerleaders from Franklin High School have dreams--and a real opportunity--to participate in the 2012 Macy's Day Parade in New York City. They'll just need a little help from the community to get there.

Evelyn Lopez, Stephanie Barajas and Julie Quintanilla went before the (HHPNC) on Thursday evening to request a $1,500 neighborhood purposes grant to help pay for travel and boarding expenses related to the trip.

The HHPNC granted granted the funding request, pending approval from the budget and finance committee.

The cheering trio were among a select group of students from across the country to be asked to participate in the nationally televised annual parade.

FHS Cheer Squad Coach Claudia Cardenas said that the young women--all seniors at Franklin--have been holding their own fundraisers, but were hoping to get a big boost from the neighborhood council.

According to Cardenas, the overall cost of the trip will be about $2,500.

In addition to cheering in the parade, Lopez, Barajas and Quintanilla will also be given tours of Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. They'll also be given tickets to a Broadway show.

"We would like to bring Franklin to a better light," Lopez said. "We would like to put ourselves out there, representing not just Franklin, but Highland Park."

Added Quintanillia, "We'll get to represent Highland Park to other students, and bring back our cultural experiences to the neighborhood."

Rebecca LaFond July 06, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Any info on how to help these ladies out?
Claudia Cardenas July 07, 2012 at 05:19 AM
@Rebecca: yes...thanks for asking. We are currently organizing several events through out Highland Park to help our the girls raise the necessary money for the trip. Monetary contributions are welcomed and can be forward to FHS Cheer Trust @ Franklin High School c/o Claudia Cardenas, 820 N Ave 54, LA, CA 90046. I can also be contacted at ccardenas01@aol.com. Thank you.
Armida Perez July 07, 2012 at 04:02 PM
The zip code you posted is incorrect. 90042 not 90046
Natalie July 07, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I took 3 of our cheerleaders in 2006-2007 to the Macy's Parade and it was one of the most amazing experiences of these young ladies lives, one they still talk abou, not to mention mine! It is a once in a lifetime experience and any one who can help these fine young ladies out, please do!!! Thank you Ms. Cardenas for helping them achieve this amazing opportunity!
AJ July 08, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Awesome! With Ms. Cardenas and Ms. Esber working together on this i know it will be a success! Let me know how i can help. Bake sale? :)
Claudia Cardenas July 08, 2012 at 08:55 PM
@Amanda: yes didn't realize it till this morning--correct address is 90042. @Ms. Esber and AJ Thanks for your support. We will need your help. We will have several fundraisers to help raise the money. It is quite expensive But as you have noted Nat an experienced not to be missed. Zumba-thon planned for August 18th. More to come. Ill email you guys. Thanks again.

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