The DHS Community Club Hosts a Fall Festival

Although relatively new, the Davis High School Community Club is already making great strides in its mission to strengthen community bonds through volunteer efforts. Next on its calendar of fun events is the Fall Festival which is open to everyone – but especially kids – looking to discover their passions.

DHSCC was born about a year ago when Founder and President Bailey Paquette and a few friends had the idea to change the perception of volunteerism. Rather than being something boring that students only do because it looks good on a college application, this ambitious Blue Devil wants to change the view of community service into something fun and positive that everyone the world can enjoy do together.

Through a collaboration with the Alliance for Education Solutions, this student-run organization earned its non-profit status and has never looked back. Paquette is the president, Grace Hadani is the vice-president, Monica Garibay is the secretary and Cody Leveau is the treasurer.

“Our club organizes monthly events. About half of them we make ourselves and the other half we either find a community group, organization or event in Davis or Sacramento that we want to support and we all go out as a big group to help said Paquette. “The last event we went to was the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Sacramento and it was about 50 volunteers. We just hang out and make it as fun as possible and change the perspective of community service by helping everybody.

Not only do these helpful blue devils provide volunteers, outreach and elbow grease to organizations and events in need, but they organize events themselves. One of those events was a special needs craft fair last May in Rancho Cordova with over 150 families in attendance.

If the resounding success of the craft fair is any indication of DHSCC’s ability to put on a successful event, the Davis community is in for a treat on Nov. ‘fall. Of course, Paquette gives a lot of credit and appreciation to the Chang Foundation which sponsors DHSCC with grants for future events and funds the Fall Festival itself.

“This is our first DHSCC event of the school year and our goal is to provide Davis and Sacramento area youth with an opportunity to connect and discover their passions in our community,” said Paquette. . “We therefore invite as many youth organizations in our region as possible to hold their own activity booth and promote their businesses. It will be completely free for organizations and participants.

“We want to give young people in our region, especially after this difficult period of Covid and isolation from the outside world, the opportunity to find themselves in our community now that things are starting to reopen. These young participants will be able to come to our fair, go to each booth and play the games that the booth has to offer. If they are interested, they can inquire at the kiosks and learn more about these organizations with their parents.

The fall festival should also include raffles, games, food trucks, craft music and more – but what more could you want from a festival?

It’s all happening Nov. 19 at North Davis Elementary School MPR, 555 E 14th St., from noon to 2:30 p.m. To stay up to date, check the DHSCC website at https://6306c4a49e3ca.site123. me/or visit their Instagram account by searching @dhscommunityclub. If anyone has any questions – like how to donate to DHSCC or otherwise – they can also reach out directly to [email protected]

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