Fruita Monument students help special needs program
Fruita Monument High School students helps raise money to buy much needed items for special needs students
When Fruita Monument students were looking for a group to help fundraise for, they ended up finding it within their own halls.
Two student organizations, the Interact Club and Key Club wanted to help raise money for a good cause and they realized a special needs program known as Side by Side could benefit from their help.
"I think it’s really important to help other people", explained Courtlyn Carpenter, President of the Fruita Monument High School Key Club.
Students at Fruita Monument were looking for an idea for their fundraiser. That's when someone mentioned a group within their own school needed help.
"We always apply for this grant every year, and then it came up that the side by side kids really needed a new stove and since they're some of the nicest kids here we were like 'that would be pretty cool to get the school together to help raise money for them'", explained Lindsey Thomson, Treasurer of the Fruita Monument High School Interact Club.
Initially they wanted to raise enough money for only the stove but then things quickly escalated.
"At first we knew the grant would only be matched for $500 but then we got other clubs from all around the school wanting to donate money to help out these kids and it was really, really cool cause we started out only wanting to get about $500 or more", said Thomson.
When it was all said and done the tally was more than three thousand bucks. In additional to the new stove, they were able to purchase Kindle E-Readers and Grand Valley Transit passes. Educators say these gifts will make a huge difference for the kids.
"They’re very important. The range allows the students to actually learn how to do very minor cooking, which is what they're going to have to do later on in their life. The Grand Valley Transit passes helps them get around town to make it to the Mesa Mall, which is where they are today, and learn how to use money in a real area. The Kindle E-Readers are actually text to talk, so it actually reads aloud to them as they are following the words. It helps them read at a little higher level”, says Ann McCorkle, Teacher at Fruita Monument High School.
Students say it means a lot to them to help others out, especially when it's their fellow students.
"It’s really important because they're so cool, these kids are, and its fun… we get to help aid if we'd like in the classes and that's a lot of fun. And they're just super nice and so it was really, really cool to give back to them", Thomson said.
School officials say they should have the new stove installed, and the e-readers deliver, by the beginning of the year.
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