Oak Ridge to Oak Ridge project returns
By Samita Dutta
Oak Ridge High School’s Be Change project has returned. Through Dec. 15, high school students will collect items for Oak Ridge Elementary School students.
“We do this project so we as a community can come together and do something good,” said Nicole Sciutto, an activities director at Oak Ridge High School.
Next week the donation drive begins at ORHS with canned food on Monday, toiletries on Tuesday, change on Wednesday, school supplies on Thursday and clothes/blankets on Friday. On Saturday, Dec. 15, people can make a donation to Be Change at the El Dorado Hills Walgreens.
“Be Change is a good thing for the school,” said Eric Louie, a community correspondent in Oak Ridge’s leadership class. “All the students respond positively. They’re really supportive. Last year we had over 10,000 cans donated.”
Noah Silber, another communication correspondent, added, “Last year I delivered pencil boxes with such little things such as hand sanitizer to the kids at Oak Ridge Elementary and they were so grateful. It opens your eyes. It’s really rewarding that you get to help with everything.”
Started by Oak Ridge alum and El Dorado Hills resident Jason Harper, Be Change has benefitted Oak Ridge Elementary for the last three years, bringing thousands of dollars to the disadvantaged South Sacramento school.