New Year, New Projects

LEO Club Gives Back to the Community

Priscilla Ng

Staff Writer

    American High’s LEO Club started off their first week by advertising for their donation event, Project Comfort Kit, on Saturday, January 18 from 1:00 to 3:00PM.

    The event consisted of members of Leo Club District 4 distributing flyers to houses within the Forest Park neighborhoods.

    “All the LEO clubs in our district are taking part in this event so this includes schools like Irvington, Kennedy, Washington and even Alameda High School,” senior and LEO Club president Arjun Gupta said. “It was really nice to work with other schools for a change. It gave us a chance to meet new people and for those in our clubs to interact with one another.”

    The January 18 volunteering event was primarily for promotional and advertisement purposes.

    “We wanted to spread awareness for our Project Comfort Kit,” senior and membership director David Shan said. “In this project, we collect hygiene supplies and clothing to donate to homeless shelters.”

    Donations include things such as toothbrushes, hand sanitizers, or soaps, as well as comfort items, such as sweaters, blankets, or jackets.

    “We’ll be collecting donations next Saturday, January 26 from the same neighborhoods,” Gupta said. “After we collect all the donations from different schools, we are planning to package them in boxes during our district convention in March and distribute them to various homeless shelters around Fremont.”

    Despite a few minor issues, the event seemed to run without too many hitches.

    “We didn’t have a huge group of people working,” Shan said. “It was a bit of a struggle, but we managed.”

Seniors David Shan, Ruvan Jayaweera, and junior Daniel Ma take a quick snack break after passing out flyers in the Forest Park neighborhood. Because all the flyers were handed out, LEO Club members are cautiously optimistic about next weekend’s results. “In terms of donations, we haven't really set a goal for ourselves,” Gupta said. “We have never done this type of a drive at this scale so we don't really know what is realistic.” PC: Arjun Gupta
Seniors David Shan, Ruvan Jayaweera, and junior Daniel Ma take a quick snack break after passing out flyers in the Forest Park neighborhood. Because all the flyers were handed out, LEO Club members are cautiously optimistic about next weekend’s results. “In terms of donations, we haven’t really set a goal for ourselves,” Gupta said. “We have never done this type of a drive at this scale so we don’t really know what is realistic.” PC: Arjun Gupta

    In fact, the small group of students covered so much ground that they eventually ran out of flyers.

    “Unfortunately, the number of flyers proved to be an issue,” Gupta said. “But to mitigate that problem and make sure that everyone in the area knows about the pickup date, we’re planning to talk to the Forest Park PTA to see if we can send out a notice in their newsletter or mailing list.”

    The LEO Club hopes that their work will pay off and they will receive a large amount of donations. As for future events, American High’s LEO Club has several things planned, including collaborations with the Art Club and the Robotics Club.

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