More than 2,200 Anaheim Union students are gearing up to stage the first-ever AUHSD Servathon, which will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015, coinciding with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday and National Day of Service.
The Servathon is a fundraiser similar to a jogathon, but instead of getting sponsors for laps, participants get sponsors for hours of community service. The students, who hail from all of the District’s 19 junior high and high school campuses, will be raising money while accomplishing more than 136 different service projects in the five communities that encompass the District—Anaheim, Cypress, La Palma, Buena Park, and Stanton—and surrounding areas.
The projects, which range from the traditional, such as campus or beach cleanups to the less customary, such as helping seniors with technology needs or going door-to-door to encourage the use of smoke alarms, are designed to give students experiences that will better connect them with neighborhoods, businesses, the elderly, and younger students. Most Servathon activities will occur on January 19, but there will be a window of service of up to one week.
The Servathon’s goal is to raise $75,000 per year to create a funding source for scholarships administered through the AUHSD Foundation, and to continue funding student-administered learning grants through the AUHSD Student Service Foundation. As an incentive for campus buy-in, schools will keep 50 percent of the funds raised, while the other half goes to fund the scholarships, grants, and other civic-engagement programs.