STERLING – Service learning students hosted the annual Helping Everyone Reach Out Week April 29-May 3 at Sterling High School.
Various activities took place, mostly at lunch, to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a group that helps returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq. Money also was raised for the renovation of the Black Hawk Statue near Oregon.
More than $4,000 was donated by students and staff, with local businesses doating food, items, and money.
The fourth-hour class competition also raised money. Top fundraisers and their prizes were Jeremy Edwards’ class, first place, lunch at The Candlelight Inn provided by service learning; Daniel Paufve’s class, second, a pizza party from Al & Leda’s; and Dana Francis’ class, third, Culver’s frozen custard.
Sponsors of the third annual Taste of SHS were Al & Leda’s Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings, The Candlelight Inn, Culver’s, Cobblestone Ice Cream & Deli, Dairy Queen, Folsom’s Bakery, Kelly’s, La Familia, and Willy’s.
Businesses and organizations which made various donations were Applebee’s, Carmike Cinemas, Pete Harkness Chevrolet, Sterling Chevrolet, and the Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA; and Hometown Pantry and Marathon, both in Dixon.