Meeting Mickey: Tucumcari DECA students head to Disneyland

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun

A group of Tucumcari High School students and their chaperones will be hanging out with Mickey, Donald, Goofy and the gang at Anaheim’s Disneyland this weekend.

Tucumcari High School Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) students earned the money to go to the Magic Kingdom by working part-time jobs in the community, holding raffles, staging a talent show and selling items like chocolates and candles.

DECA instructor Robert Pacheco said each student needed to raise at least $1,200 for the trip.

“In their DECA classes the kids figured out how much money they needed to cover the cost of travel and the hotel stay,” Pacheco said. “They had to maintain good grades, work part-time and maintain good conduct at school.”

The students and a few adult chaperones, Pacheco included, drove by bus to Albuquerque Tuesday and hopped an Amtrak train on to Los Angeles.

“After a two-day visit to Disneyland we will take a train from Anaheim to Los Angeles and then we will take a subway to a restaurant called Fire Station No. 28, a popular L.A. restaurant converted from an old fire station. The owner of the restaurant, Linda Griego, invited us,” Pacheco said.
Nick Gomez, a DECA student, sold a pile of chocolates and candles and worked the register at McDonald’s to earn money for the trip.

“I’m bringing about $300 I made from McDonald’s,” Gomez said.

Another student, Greg Pacheco said he worked part-time at Pacheco Trucking.

“I just want to go and have a good time and take school off my mind for awhile,” he said.

Erica Sandoval, president of the Tucumcari chapter of DECA, said she organized students in their marketing efforts prior to the trip.

“I helped get everybody organized so we could see what we were going to go out and sell,” Sandoval said. “I plan to go to Disneyland and see everything and have fun with all my friends,”

DECA instructor Pacheco said he will be busy watching out for the safety of the students on what will be the first trip to Disneyland for all but one student.

“I’ll ride some rides too,” Pacheco said. “I like the Pirates of the Carribbean and the Haunted House.”