BREAKING: Community reaches out for Kids Day, March 5

BREAKING: Community reaches out for Kids Day, March 5

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FCS students volunteer for Valley Children’s Healthcare

The 32nd annual Kids Day approaches and it’s going to start before the sun comes up, March 5. The tradition is hosted by Valley Children’s Healthcare, along with partners ABC 30 and The Fresno Bee. This fundraising event is staffed all over the city by thousands of volunteers wearing orange aprons and selling special edition Fresno Bee newspapers for $1. All the proceeds go to benefiting Valley Children’s Hospital.

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Kid’s Day papers are sold for $1, but donations of more are also appreciated. All proceeds go to Valley Children’s Hospital.

To put on this event, volunteers are needed. Elementary, middle school and high school students are welcome to participate through their school clubs or extracurricular groups.

The Fresno Bee is a main partner in this endeavor. Executive Editor of The Fresno Bee, Joe Kieta, shares why he is excited and how The Bee has been preparing for Kids Day.

“This is probably the biggest community outreach that The Fresno Bee does every year,” Kieta said. “It is a great opportunity for the community to help Valley Children’s Hospital and all the great work they do. To say that we are excited about it is an understatement.

Former editor and senior vice president of the The Modesto Bee, Kieta has helped shape McClatchy and helped transform the newspaper group into the digital age.

“In its entirety, which goes back 30 years,” Kieta continued, “it (Kid’s Day) has raised over $9.2 million. In conjunction with ABC30 and our partners, we have been diligently been preparing for this for quite a while. It is always great to see the generosity of this community on display.”

Fresno Bee reporter Carmen George tweets out her encouragement  and promotes #KidsDay2019 in the following social media post.

Fresno Christian High School leadership and The Feather Online staffers have participated in Kids Day for several years. Last school year, 40-plus students volunteered their mornings, raising over $2,500 for Valley Children’s Hospital. Hannah Villines, ’21, is participating in this year’s Kid’s Day. She is in FC high school leadership and she shares what she is looking forward to.

“I am most looking forward to being able to bond with my other classmates who will be selling newspapers,” Villines said. “This is my first time and I think it is important because it gives us another perspective. It also gives more appreciation for life and all that we take for granted.”

Carston Saelzler interviews Executive Editor of The Fresno Bee Joe Kieta on Kids Day via the telephone.

At FCS, there are also students who serve out of the joy of volunteerism, not because they necessarily have to serve. Senior Brandon Brogan shares why he participates.

“It’s fun to volunteer for a good cause,” Brogan said. “I like getting to help with something and be with all my friends in the freezing cold. My favorite part is doing something that I don’t usually get to do, help a good cause or rather be able to help on my own. Favorite memory from last year is when Mr. (Scott) Rurik bought our whole street corner donuts.”

From individuals to corporations, thousands are promoting Kids Day, including Valley Children’s Hospital in the following tweet.

If you are an FCS high school student and would like to get in on all the action, come on out!  Make sure to speak with Leadership advisors Robert Foshee and Aubri Foster first. Leadership and Feather staffers will be out on the corner of Cedar and Alluvial as well as Maple and Alluvial from 4:30-8 a.m. Make sure to bundle up, stay safe and off the streets, and sell some papers. Join the FC community and buy papers from campus students this year!

Below is the recap video for Kid’s Day 2018 made by Feather video journalists.

View the Feather Kids Day video 2018 from The Feather Online on Vimeo.

To read last year’s Feather coverage of this event read, Kids Day 2018 and Join the discussion: Kids Day 2018.

Carston Saelzler can be reached via email.

Below is a slideshow of Kids Day, March 5.

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Carston Saelzler
“Great moves of God are usually preceded by simple acts of obedience,” Steven Furtick. After a 2014 trip to a ranch in Colorado, Carston Saelzler, ‘21 plans on developing his own horse and cattle ranch in Southern California, by attending Cal Poly and pursuing a degree in agriculture. Besides pursuing his entrepreneurial dreams Saelzler also enjoys engaging in the lives of young kids and teens in the central valley area. Saelzler combines both of these passions by volunteering at Abundant Life Horse Ranch, where they use horses to teach young students important life lessons and good Christian values. Saelzler has also enrolled in high school leadership, he plans on being an encourager and an example to students young and old at FCS. Last year as a freshman, Saelzler who loves to play basketball had the incredible opportunity to play varsity basketball at FCS. This school year he looks forward to being a light on his team while hopefully getting a championship ring. Saelzler is a two year journalist at The Feather Online and enjoys the knowledge and the opportunities that it has presented. In his free time you can find him hanging out with his friends and loving on his dog, Roscoe.


  1. Annabelle Messer
    Annabelle Messer March 4, 2019 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Great article Carston!! Can’t wait for Kids Day this year!!

  2. Mackenzie Beckworth
    Mackenzie Beckworth March 5, 2019 at 10:17 am - Reply

    That was SO fun!

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    Rylee Schwab March 8, 2019 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Great Article Carston! Kids Day was so much fun.

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