We want to take a moment to thank the entire West Hills community for an incredible response to the student leadership-sponsored Fun Run that took place during the school day on June 11th.
Back on February 27th, two guest speakers from WE Volunteer Now gave a dynamic presentation to our students around service learning and the importance of taking action. Following the assembly, 30 students attended a workshop with the speakers, and the seeds of the Fun Run were planted. Students wanted to organize an event for their school and felt strongly that child abuse and neglect was an issue about which they wanted to raise awareness. That group of students shared their ideas with the rest of the 4th-8th grade Student Leadership Club comprised of over 70 students, and further details began to take shape. Leadership students researched organizations they could support, planned obstacles for the run, created the sponsorship form for donations, spoke with teachers and administrators about their ideas, planned for music and water stations, made posters to advertise the run, and talked up the event in their classes. June 11th was the day they worked so hard for, and it was a tremendous success. Leadership students at each grade level spoke to their classmates about this important cause and were in charge of all of the events out on the track.
At the end of the day, the Fun Run raised $5000 for CARE House of Oakland County!
CARE House of Oakland County is a non-profit agency serving Oakland County, MI that is dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Founded in 1977, they offer programs focused on identification and treatment of child abuse victims as well as child abuse prevention. All of their programs are offered at no cost to their clients. CARE House of Oakland County currently offers the following programs: Court-Appointed Special Advocates [CASA], Early Head Start, Intervention and Treatment, Nurturing Oakland Parents, Resource Parent Curriculum Group, and Prevention Education. For more information, visit https://www.carehouse.org/.
Thank you to the Leadership students who worked so hard to make a difference in their community and to our West Hills families, friends, and neighbors who donated so generously. It's GREAT to be a West Hills Warrior!