Champion holds Yes Fest

CHAMPION — Champion students have learned of volunteer opportunities in the community as part of the annual Yes Fest, which had agencies. clubs and nonprofits showcasing services offered to the public.

Teacher Elizabeth DeLeon, coordinator of the Yes Fest which is in its third year, said the event encourages students to become involved in the community and to say “yes” to positive choices.

DeLeon said many nonprofits, such as churches, the Animal Welfare League and the military attended the event to showcase what they offer and volunteer opportunities for students.

DeLeon said this year the high school students raised $560 to donate to the Camelot Therapeutic Riding Center as a way of giving back to the community.

DeLeon said the goal is to share opportunities that students often aren’t aware of.

“A goal for each student was to find something they are interested in which could be a volunteer opportunity in the summer,” DeLeon said.

Inspiring Minds representative Marvin Logan spoke to the high school students on being involved in the community and making positive choices.

“One of our teachers saw where Boardman High School held a Yes Fest and thought it would be good to have at Champion. We spoke to Boardman staff, and they told us what they did,” DeLeon said.

Students could go table to table at the more than 35 groups sets up in the school gymnasium.

She said there was a competition between classes to raise the $560 with the winning class getting an ice cream party.

“Because we raised over $500, some of the teachers have agreed to sit in a dunk tank in May” DeLeon said.

Audrey Murphy, a sophomore, said she really likes the event which gives a lot of groups the opportunity to come together and promote good things to help the community.

“We like to participate and help in the community and enjoy promoting ourselves to other students so they can get involved,” Murphy said.

She said local students have helped at the Turkey Trot at Kent State-Trumbull in Champion, held a 5K run, car show and trash cleanup on Earth Day.

Gabrielle Denna, a junior, said she has participated at different groups and felt the event was a way to promote positive ideas.

“It really gives you ideas for volunteering in the community,” Denna said indicating she was interested in speaking to Someplace Safe, Animal Welfare League and the robotics team.

Skye Kennedy-Snodgrass, a junior, said she has volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen in Warren.

Cole Engle, a senior, said the robotics team is active in the community and at school, helping with the craft show, library book festivals, 5K run and cleanups.

“If anyone needs something, they can contact us for help,” he said.

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