CHS students run, jump and dodge for charity

Carmel High School will be holding the second Family Day for Charity event Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the football field.

ASB secretary Diana Vita is in charge of the event, which is being held in honor of Make a Difference Day, a national day of good-doing.

“The idea is to get as many Carmel High kids involved as possible, doing something for the good of the community,” Vita says.

But that’s not all the event is being held for. The other idea behind it is to raise money for local charities, including MEarth, the Carmel Valley Angel Project, the Big Sur Health Clinic and Legal Aid for Seniors.

The day will start out with two fundraiser runs, a 5k and a 2k fun run at 10 a.m., starting from and returning to CHS.
There’s a $10 fee to enter the run, but if the runner receives $40 worth of pledges, they can enter for no fee and get a free T-shirt.

The run is a fundraiser for the Carmel High School Scholarship Foundation, which is the group that gives the Carmel High scholarships to graduating seniors each year, Vita explains.

Following the run, anyone can come to the football field where CHS clubs will be holding more than 20 different activities, from live music and pumpkin painting to food booths and dance classes.

“The cheerleaders will be doing face-painting, the Art Club will do henna tattoos, the Sports Med Club will run a dodgeball tournament,” says Vita, naming but a few of the events. “Each club will run an activity or participate in some way.”

Also, the Cooking Club will be holding a bake sale as a fundraiser.

“One hundred percent of the proceeds we earn will be going to help hunger,” says CHS teacher Barbara Steinberg, the advisor to the Cooking Club. “The idea is to keep all the money locally, so we’ll probably be donating all the funds to the Monterey County Food Bank.”

As a further bonus, all kids that come and help, or even just play dodgeball, will get community service for doing so.

Speaking of dodgeball, that’s one of the best parts of the whole day.

“Clubs, sports teams, classes—anybody can have a dodgeball team,” Vita says.

There’s an entry fee of $50 per a team of six to ten players, which can be sponsored by the community or the players’ themselves, and whichever team wins the tournament gets to choose the charity that the funds go to.

-Sam Graves