Students stepping up to help in so many ways – Orange County Register
After the devastation wrought by fires, floods and hurricanes, it is refreshing to see local students, the future leaders of our country, display empathy, concern for our environment, and patriotism.
At Villa Park Elementary, fifth-grader Emma Lara Thompson initiated a letter-writing campaign, collecting an amazing 302 hand-written letters from her fellow students to send to Houston, thanking those firefighters, police and dispatchers for their selfless service during the recent Hurricane Harvey and following flooding.
At Crescent Elementary, donations were gathered for displaced Houston families.
Emma Lara Thompson, a fifth-grade student at Villa Park Elementary, began a letter-writing campaign to thank Houston police, firefighters and dispatchers for their selfless service during Hurricane Harvey. (Courtesy Amber Lara)
Some of the 302 hand-written letters destined for Houston, thanks to Amber Lara. (Courtesy Amber Lara)
Linda Vista’s Sept. 11 remembrance included several students in the ceremony. (Courtesy Linda McCausland)
Michael Short directing the Orange High School Chamber Singers at the 9-11 Commemoration at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library East Wing. (Courtesy of Orange High)
Villa Park High School vocalists Miguel Samson and Abigail Garcia, performing at the Sept. 11 commemoration at the Nixon Library. (Courtesy of Villa Park High)
The first team of volunteers from the Orange Lutheran High Mission Program working in Houston, after Hurricane Harvey. (Courtesy of Orange Lutheran High)
Alissa Fernandez, left, a 2017 graduate of Canyon High School, cut the ribbon dedicating an aquaponics system, and its produce, to local military families. Katie Fernandez, her sister and the 2017-18 president of the CHS Future Business Leaders of America, sponsored the event, and will help maintain the system. (Courtesy of Andrea Mills)
Last weekend, between homework, sports and activities, students from numerous schools and clubs, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, National Honor Society, Key Club and more, found time to join other volunteers to help the environment and clear trash from the beaches, local parks and waterways on Coastal Cleanup Day.
Although the students at Linda Vista Elementary were born many years after the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001, the entire student body assembled for a simple, but moving ceremony. Teachers and students, most all wearing patriotic red, white and blue, gathered around the flagpole as an honor guard from Girl Scouts Troop…