Historical Society service raises $300 for general fund
The seven sophomores who volunteered for Heritage Day in October pose for a photo with FC's director of finance, Lisa Raynes, center left, and Jack Reeves, right, of the Historical Society. The students presented a check for $300 to go to the school's general fund.
Community service projects come in various forms, from feeding the poor to helping kids to even providing hours of fun for the volunteers.
Last fall, the sophomore class was presented with the opportunity to volunteer and give back to the community. While participating, the seven students involved were able to raise money for FC's general fund.
Seven students volunteered for the Madera Historical Firefighter Society's Heritage Day, a Saturday dedicated toward family fun, Oct. 10.
Throughout the day, the students were in charge of kids events along with participating in adult competitions.
From face-painting to bounce houses to various water games, Heritage Day provided hours of entertainment for patrons.
"That day was so much fun," Victoria Hindes, '12, said. "I love hanging out with kids, so this volunteer project was perfect. The games were a lot of fun; the kids had a great time, especially with this water pumping game. The kids worked as a team to pump water from one bucket into another; the kids had a blast getting wet."
Aside from directing little kids, the students participated in a water competition using a fire hose against a team of women firefighters.
"My favorite part of the day was the fire hose," Trevor York, '12, said. "I liked the fire hose because you can see what it really is like to be a firefighter. I was in the front so I got the wettest, but it was pretty cool. The entire thing was really fun, running the games and hanging with the kids."
Both Hindes and York said they enjoyed the day, expressing how it was a good way to give back to the community.
One of the competitions was a game where participants used a fire hose to shoot water into a barrel which was connected to a long cable. Each team tried to push the barrel to their opponents side of the cable. This team, consisting of sophomores Trevor York, front, and Brady Lee, next to York, went up against a women's firefighter team. They were the first teen team to do so.
Despite the delays with the processing of money, the sophomore class presented a check of $300 to FC on May 21. Even though the check was not an outrageous amount, it may benefit the students who participated more than it does the school.
To recognize the sophomore class for its effort, the president of the Historical Society, Jack Ogletree, wrote a letter that was published in The Madera Tribune.
"The students did an amazing job representing Fresno Christian," Jack Reeves, member of the historical society, said. "On behalf of the Madera Historical Society, we are very pleased with the job they provided. The students left a lasting impression on the society and the Madera Parks and Recreation Director. There is an open invitation for future years and we would be delighted if students were available."
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