BY CAMILA ESPINOSA
Members of the French Honor Society (FHS) held a car wash on Oct. 13 for Together We Rise, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the foster care system. Senior and FHS co-president Maya Rojas said the purpose of the event was to raise money for the organization to help them make care packages.
“There’s honestly a lot of teamwork in getting the cars clean, and it allows members to get together and pull something off as a club,” Rojas said. “Events like these also show our members the importance of giving back to the community.”
With the money collected, the honor society will purchase supplies including hygiene products and toys, which members will package and send to the organization. Rojas said volunteers at the car wash felt motivated to work hard because all proceeds went to Together We Rise.
“We want to make sure that the bags will be full of [supplies] they need and want, because kids deserve to have both.” Rojas said. “Not all kids get the same chances that some of us do at school and at home.”
French teacher Lisa Chelle said although FHS focuses on the French community, members want to help non-French speakers as well. She said the car wash was a successful event because it helped members bond and earn money for an important cause.
“From being there, I can say the car wash was a great fundraiser,” Chelle said. “A lot of people were coming in and out; it was very busy, and it seemed fun.”
Chelle said she is proud of the amount of $520 raised at the car wash. She said she looks forward to seeing how FHS will continue to impact the community in the future.
“The members of the club in past years have really outdone themselves,” Chelle said. “I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for everyone in the club.”