A monetary donation will make a big difference for a local program thanks to students from .
Based in Livermore, Reins in Motion is a therapeutic horseback-riding program for people with disabilities. Peggy James, one of three directors, said the organization helps a wide range of people, including clients dealing with brain injuries, stroke and learning disabilities.
James said the money will help the organization with the cost of building a wheelchair-accessible ramp. Without the ramp, staff would have to help with the horse mounting by lifting clients who have difficulties or can not walk.
“They may not know how much this helps, but to us this is everything. Every five dollars is important,” said James.
Students said they learned about the need and wanted to help. To collect the money, members sold hot chocolate every morning for 15 minutes before school for a week and a half.
Kelly Zummo, school counselor and lead advisor of the CJSF club, is proud of the students’ efforts. She was part of CJSF when she was in middle school and helped create a chapter at Fallon Middle School in 2006.
“The kids were in charge of it all,” Zummo said. “They did a phenomenal job."
Students added that the fundraiser would not have been made possible without the help of Liana Smith, the school's librarian. Smith would help CJSF members every morning by opening the kitchen in the library and turning on the hot water.
Many said they first joined the club because of the scholarship, but through club activities they realized how much they enjoyed helping others.
“It is really cool to see that we’ve helped build this [the ramp],” said Sara Vukojevic, President of CJSF.
There are about 230 CJSF club members at the school. Students will take part in on May 7 for the third year in a row.