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El Dorado Hills students get behind drive to help needy

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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Be Change Events
Dec. 10  
Be Change long-sleeve
T-shirts go on sale for $10. Canned food drive beings.
Dec. 11
Toiletry Tuesday –
collection of shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, combs, etc.
Dec. 12
Bring Change. ASB
students will be collecting change to aid in
the purchase of school
supplies.
Dec. 13
Thursday December 13 - School Supplies day.  
Collection of pencils, pens, erasers, crayons and highlighters.
Dec. 14
Warm and Fuzzy Friday. Collecting socks and gloves to fit boys and girls grades kindergarten-sixth grade.

EL DORADO HILLS, CA - For the third consecutive year, Oak Ridge High School students will be collecting food, clothing, money and school supplies for Oak Ridge elementary school in Sacramento.

“It’s a chance for us to pay it forward to another school,” said Alexa Hill, a 17-year-old senior. “We are excited and want our community to be a part of this and pay it forward.”

The week-long donation drive, held by the ASB class, kicks off Dec. 10 with a canned food drive and the sale of the “Be Change” T-shirts.

Last year more than $1,500 in cash was collected, 10,000 cans of food, 25 large bags of new and gently used clothing were collected, said Marcia Moya, student activities director and service learning instructor at Oak Ridge High School. “Most impressively, students, staff and the community donated school supplies to provide every student (420 in all) with a school pouch of pencils, pens, tissues, hand sanitizer and erasers.”

Eric Louie, 17 and a junior, said the group puts forth the effort for the donation drive because they enjoy it.

“We get the satisfaction of helping people and being a part of something that we care about,” Louie said.

Noah Silver, 16, a sophomore, said each day of the donation drive week will feature a special donation.

“We have a week of fundraising and each day one of us is in charge of collecting items that the kids need,” Silver said. “Each (student at the elementary school) will get a holiday wrapped shoe box filled with socks, gloves, canned food, school supplies and toiletries.”

The goal this year is to collect 10,000 cans of food and to fill a shoebox of supplies for all 475 students at Oak Ridge elementary.

Oak Ridge High School students will go to Oak Ridge elementary school Dec. 20 to give each student their gift.

At the end of the school day the Be Change truck filled with the canned goods will arrive at Oak Ridge elementary school so the high school students and staff can provide the cans to the families and community, Moya said.

“This is something to get the school excited about,” said Nicole Sciutto, 16, a sophomore. “It’s a great thing to do, especially at Christmas time.”