50 natural and artificial wreaths were hand-decorated with ribbons, acorns, reindeers, poinsettias, and more. Then, they were personally delivered to the senior center by the school’s Interact Club, which is Rotary International’s service club for young people.
One of SOUL’s Interact Club goals is to provide students with opportunities to take action through community services. This goes hand in hand with Fresno EOC’s motto of “Helping people, changing lives.” SOUL Principal Susan Lopez said, “It was our honor to provide some cheer to the residents and staff of the Healthcare Centre of Fresno with our delivery of wreaths. The students and staff participated with the purpose of bringing some joy to the center. We were delighted to see how appreciative and happy they were to see us. It is a memory we will have forever.”
Eight SOUL students and 20 staff members participated, as well as Cultural Arts Rotary Club of Fresno. Student Eliyana Falcon said, “It feels good to give back to the community and have a positive impact.”
After a year of being largely shut-off from visitors due to the pandemic, the seniors were extremely grateful. The Facility Administrator, the Activities Director, and a few of the residents went out to thank the students and staff for the special delivery before decking the halls.
SOUL is chartered through Fresno Unified School District and operated by Fresno EOC. The charter high school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for providing an exemplary academic program and a myriad of support services crucial to the success of at-risk students. SOUL is an excellent educational option for those seeking a small school alternative to a large, traditional high school.