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November 4, 2014 > Local churches make a difference

Local churches make a difference

Submitted By Dianne Smith

Three churches in Fremont poured their hearts into Thornton Junior High on Make a Difference Day, October 25. Registration had to be closed because of overwhelming interest in the project, as 450 volunteers signed up to do handyman chores, cleaning and landscaping. Despite pouring rain for most of the morning and a maxed out parking lot, people came in droves. The school, located at 4357 Thornton Avenue, also heavily promoted the event, and many students were there to help.

The Junior High is well maintained, but needed some beautifying after years of normal wear and tear. Principal Stan Hicks asked for landscaping at the front of the school for curb appeal, something he had always wanted but could never find room for in the budget. He was pleasantly surprised when asked for a longer Òto-do listÓ for the cadre of volunteers.

Hicks said, ÒIÕve been here eight years and this is the biggest community outpouring IÕve ever seen.Ó The basketball court needed re-striping, new hoops and backboards, while the stage and a boysÕ bathroom needed paint; classrooms needed cleaning and weeds had to be removed. Students have been eating lunch sitting on the blacktop, so eight new picnic tables were purchased and installed outside. One extensive project was to rebuild the bleachers.

Christine Szeto, coordinator for the workday from Resonate Church, says the only reason they were able to accomplish as much as they did was because students, parents, community members, and multiple churches came together to Òmake a differenceÓ at Thornton Jr. High. Businesses and organizations also participated by donating food, supplies, and funds.

Sponsors included Chipotle, Dale Hardware, DinoÕs, Francis Donuts, Friesen Painting, Prime Metropolis Properties, MM Landscape Services, NoahÕs Bagels, Peak Performance Physical Therapy, Starbucks, Sunstate Equipment Company, Thornton PTSA, Sayf-T-Bar and Kelly Moore Paints.

Make a Difference Day is an annual national event, and the City of Fremont always participates. One hundred projects were in progress; Resonate ChurchÕs effort was the largest. It attracted the attention of FremontÕs Mayor, Bill Harrison, who visited to see the volunteers in action. ÒIÕve seen so much energy here,Ó he said. ÒThanks for giving back; thatÕs important.Ó Fremont Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Morris and School Board Members Desiree Campbell and Larry Sweeney also came to show their appreciation.

Resonate Church meets on Sunday mornings at American High School, 36300 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, for services at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. Grace Church Fremont meets at 9:30 a.m. and Cedar Boulevard Neighborhood Church meets at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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