Sunday Jan 07 2018
Students soak principal for charity
By: Journal Staff
Donations going to fire victims in Sonoma
iLearn Academy in Meadow Vista decided to do a fundraising effort with a fun end prize: Soaking principal Andy Wood with two buckets of ice water at lunchtime in front of the whole school.
In October 2016, several fires in the Sonoma County area were responsible for destroying more than 7,500 homes and buildings. As a result, families and entire communities were left with virtually nothing.
At iLearn, there is an after school club called Club Live, which is comprised of sixth-, seventh-, and eight-graders.
Club Live is led by eighth-grade teacher Stephanie Martin, and the students enjoy organizing events for the school that benefit students and community members. When the fires erupted in Sonoma County, the students agreed to organize a donation drive for the victims of the fires.
The students worked closely with Priscilla Burgi, a representative for Pro Transport-1 (a medical transportation/ambulance organization) to help understand the best way to make sure donated items get to those who need them in a timely fashion. Students learned that the items most needed for victims of fires like these include toiletries, clothing, gift cards, and even pet food.
Students began reaching out to the community with flyers and deposited donation boxes on the Meadow Vista campus. The drive was scheduled from Dec. 4 through 14, and while the initial goal was 1,000 items, the students ended up collecting a total of 3,000 donated items for the fire victims.
The items were picked up in front of campus and loaded into an ambulance from Pro Transport-1 to be delivered to the Cotati corporate office for Pro Transport-1.
Luca Collins, the Club Live president, and Aurora Hanrihan, the vice-president, had set a goal for 1,600 items and convinced the principal to agree to an “Ice Bucket Challenge” if the goal was met.