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Local Students Raise Money To Help Others

Fallon Middle School students donated $300 to a local organization in need.

A monetary donation will make a big difference for a local program thanks to students from .

Students delivered a $300 check to Reins in Motion Friday afternoon, after raising money last month as part of community service for the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF).

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.

MARIELA MEYLAN April 24, 2011 at 11:48 PM
HELLO, THIS IS MARIELA MEYLAN. I AM SO PLEASED, AND VERY THANKFUL FOR EVERYBODY'S HELP, IN PUTTING SO MUCH EFFORT AND THOUGHT, INTO BUILDING THIS RAMP. FOR THOSE OF US WHO REALLY NEED IT OR I SHOULD SAY, USE THE RAMP. YES, I DO NOT KNOW FOR HOW LONG, THE STAFF COULD HAVE LASTED, HAVING TO LIFT US ON THE HORSE. I WAS THE ONE ON THE BUGHY, WITH PEGGY JAMES, OFTEN. MARIELA MEYLAN
Erika Conner April 25, 2011 at 12:38 AM
Sara... your name has been corrected. Sorry about that and thanks for letting us know!
MarilynCheney April 25, 2011 at 01:38 AM
I am a part of Reins In Motion. My husband and I have volunteered for many years . Love working with the kids and the staff. It was so wonderful to see these young people doing something for their community. It makes me believe that there is a chance in this world for more things than war. Keep up the good work kids.
Lorrin Harris April 25, 2011 at 03:22 AM
As the other advisor of CJSF, I have to share how impressive the CJSF officers were and the members that volunteered to make this a great success. Continue to help out with your community. Check out REINS IN MOTION website and attend their next fundraiser on MAY 15TH. We are only a community if we participate in it!! Great job Fallon Middle School CJSF!!!!!
Erika Conner April 25, 2011 at 04:11 AM
Lorrin - Thanks for the comment. Congrats to Fallon students for doing such a great job!

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