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Trash to cash: PRHS club raises much-needed funds

Modified: Monday, Mar 14th, 2011


Paso Robles High School Academic Booster Club members gather for a typical donation day at Paso Robles Self Storage. At left, students sort through boxes of used items.




One community member's trash is truly treasure for the Paso Robles High School Academic Booster Club [ABC].

The youth, led by high school students Jenessa Hagen and Nicki Fabian, are on a mission to funnel funds back to the school through selling items donated by the community.

“I have been involved in ABC club for three years and doing the rummage sale is an amazing way for Paso Robles High School seniors to earn scholarships,” said club co-president Nicki Fabian. “We just need people to contribute their items so we can send our Bearcats to college.”

Now in its third year, the group has made $15,000 benefiting student scholarships.

On April 30, the group will hold its next rummage sale, which will kick off at the PRHS gymnasium from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parent coordinator Elaine Hagen said participation has been robust with an average of about 20 students and five parents volunteering per rummage sale.

The students regularly post fliers around the community, talk to businesses about donation days, and the youth recently took to the airwaves on KPRL's Sound Off.

However, community donations have dwindled, and funds are more needed than ever. “A lot of people are hanging on to things or having their own garage sales or selling things on Craigslist,” said Hagen. “We are way behind on donations, with two storage units less than we had in previous years, although we are excited because we have more kids involved helping out.”

Hagen added that the group aims to start a donation day at the PRHS campus to up visibility and support. Paso Robles Self Storage has donated storage units to accommodate donations.

Items including desks, bookcases and other furniture are big sellers at the rummage sales and community members are encouraged to donate what they can.

April 29 marks “moving day,” when club members and volunteers move the rummage sale items from the storage units to the school.

“We’re begging for help from students, parents and the community to move all of our items from the storage....





For the complete article see the 03-15-2011 issue.

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