On October 5, 2012, Mills High School in Millbrae held its second Mills Mania, a major event hosted by the Mills PTO in order to help launch fundraising efforts for the school’s Annual Fund. The weather was absolutely perfect, and a great time was had by all as the Mills community gathered at the football field to celebrate. By the start of Mills Mania, we were able to raise well over $75,000, with more than 30% participation of the student body. Over 30 student groups had mini-fundraisers of their own at booths that ranged from T-Pumps & Quickly drinks (I still have haven’t figured out the difference, but the students swear they’re “completely different”) and falafels (my personal fav) to face painting, balloon creations and carnival games, and even a rousing demonstration of chess.
The football field was literally covered as students enjoyed inflatable activities, such as hamster ball racing, sumo wrestling (where the volunteers helping people in and out of suits got more of a workout than the actual wrestlers), gladiator jousting, a giant slide and an obstacle course. Part of the field was dedicated to several games of volleyball and Frisbee, and a few impromptu games that I still haven’t figured out.
Dinner, for those who were not completely full from snacking, featured the Millbrae-famous tri-tip sandwiches by the Mills Athletic Boosters, as well as a variety of other options from the student groups. The Mills Art Department provided an impressive display of original artwork from the ceramics classes, and on-stage entertainment included our very own girl band called “Streets Filled with Talent”, a hip performance by Ms. Lighty’s Dance Class (a.k.a. MLDC), a fashion show by the Who You Are Club, and an uplifting set by the Mills Pep Band, as well as a last-minute solo performance by Mark Hattori (jr). The evening was wrapped up with an outdoor showing of “Horton Hears a Who.” All in all, it was a packed day, but incredibly fun, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this will continue to evolve and grow in the years to come.