September 23, 2019
The Cypress Ridge High School band continued its annual produce sale, held Sept. 21-22 at the campus. The event is a fundraiser for the organization, which teams up with The Fresh Food Group, a leading provider for fresh fruit, vegetables and snacking products. (Photo by Victoria Garza, Cypress Ridge HS)
By Miguel Moreno, Cypress Ridge HS
Sept. 23, 2019—The Cypress Ridge High School Mighty Ram Band hosted its annual produce sale Sept. 21-22 at the north end of the school, with watermelon–the event’s top-selling item–sold among the other multiple types of fruits and vegetables.
“The produce sale helps the band become more like a family and a tighter group through volunteer work and fundraising,” sophomore David Guz said.
Proceeds from the produce sale help the Cypress Ridge band program purchase instruments, props for the marching show and show designs. Recently, the sale helped with the purchase of new marching mellophones, Cypress Ridge band director Armando Robledo said.
The idea originated from Andrew Nixon, Cypress Ridge’s previous band director, following a conversation with childhood friend Doug Burris, the executive vice president of sales, marketing and purchasing for The Fresh Food Group, a leading provider for fresh fruit, vegetables and snacking products.
Among the numerous fruits and vegetables available at the Cypress Ridge High School band annual produce sale were watermelons, a top-selling items in recent years. (Photo by Freddy Vazquez, Cypress Ridge HS)
“Mr. Nixon wanted a fundraiser to help the Cypress Ridge band raise money through fruit baskets with his contact at Country Fresh Produce Company,” Robledo said of the Fresh Food Group’s brand for fresh fruit and vegetables. “Doug stated that he had a better idea and he came up with the produce sale.”
Students and volunteers arrived as early as 5 a.m. to set up the produce with the help from Country Fresh Produce Company representatives. They worked in shifts throughout the day.
“I feel excited about participating in my second produce sale because I enjoy volunteering to help out so many people,” sophomore Ryla Williams said. “I have tons of fun with friends during the sale too.”