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Students take paint-the-numbers approach to community service
When Colusa High School sophomores Cole Schreiner, Jared Huff and Garrett Hamilton asked Camie Kaelin to be their mentor for their winter community service project through the Environmental Science Academy, they probably did not know what they were getting into.
"A lot of kids want to go out and mow lawns for people. I encouraged them to think bigger than that," Kaelin said.
They certainly got the message.
The three Colusa High School students and Kaelin formed a plan to help local emergency response personnel with identifying house numbers in the newer developments in Colusa. According to Kaelin, emergency responders — including fire personnel — were having a difficult time navigating the newer neighborhoods due to unfamiliarity and obstructed addresses.
So, for their project, Schreiner, Huff and Hamilton took it upon themselves to paint reflective house numbers on the curbs in front of houses in those neighborhoods.
Their initial goal was to paint a total 350 addresses, but it did not stop there.
"We're doing it for free, but we are accepting donations and giving them all to the Seniors Nutrition Program," Schreiner said.
The boys hope to raise $10,000 in donations so that the Seniors Nutrition Program will be able to provide Christmas baskets to their seniors during the holiday season.
The effort has been supported by donations from community businesses. They had to go out and seek them. According to Kaelin, it is more than just helping the community. It is a step into adulthood for the boys.
"It's about putting themselves out there; learning how to reach out and learning how to shake hands when you meet someone," Kaelin said.
Those interested in donating and helping Schreiner, Huff and Hamilton reach their fundraising goal are encouraged to call Joe Williamson — the boys' adviser — at Colusa High School at 458-2156