FAHS students help out on Halloween

A dozen students from Fairview Alternative High School raked yards on Halloween afternoon as part of a service learning project.

Halloween isn’t always about haunting — it can be about helping, too.

That’s what a dozen 11th and 12th grade students from Roseville’s Fairview Alternative High School found out Oct. 31 when they spent a portion of their school day raking yards for seniors as part of a school-based community service project.

“We are creating service learning projects throughout the year,” said FAHS principal Laura Freer. “Each project is done with the students’ voice and peer collaboration. The goal is to show our students that their individual strengths can impact the community.”

“We want to empower their leadership, enhance the sense of community and respect diversity,” Freer added.

The students from FAHS raked three yards. 

The school, which is located in the Fairview Community Center, aims “to create a less traditional, more flexible environment; to expand options for students; to establish supportive relationships with students, staff, and families to ensure academic success; and to empower students,” according to its website.

Carlos Ramos-Sanchez, a senior at FAHS, said throughout his life he’s been taught the elderly should be afforded the utmost respect, and getting out and raking yards underscored that lesson.

“By doing this today,” Ramos-Sanchez said, “it reinforced all of those teachings.”

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