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Fitchburg High School

Since partnering with UWYV in 2007, the Fitchburg High School students have worked tirelessly to support the revitalization of their community through their Ventures, demonstrating their desire to be a part of the growth of the city they call home. Coming from a diverse background of experiences, students who choose to get involved with UWYV have a deep understanding of the issues that affect their community and generation and use this knowledge to create unique community Ventures.

 

Teams Launched to Date:

2006 – 2008

Riverfront Revival of the Arts - In an effort to bring back the arts to the city of Fitchburg, this venture team created the First Annual Riverfront Revival of the Arts to be held at Riverfront Park on June 30th.  The team will hold an annual outdoor community art exhibit featuring photography, paintings, sculpture, crafts, floral arrangements, local music, and food.  The Fitchburg High School Jazz Band will be among the musical talents.  Submissions for the exhibit extend to young people and adults within the community, and prizes will be given to each category winner.  The event will be one of Fitchburg’s Civic Days, and will be held during the weekend of the famous Fitchburg Longsjo Bike Race.

 

From Crocker to Crocker - This venture team is holding an after school track program for fourth graders at Crocker Elementary.  They will teach the students with basic track and field skills, and will give them a safe, positive, recreational environment in which to learn and be active.  At the end of the year, the team will host a track meet on May 30th for the youngsters, where they will be given trophies and awards.

 

2008 – 2009

S.T.A.G.E.S. - S.T.A.G.E.S. was created by a group of Fitchburg High students who want to share their love of theater with a middle school that has lost its theater program due to budget cuts. They will teach singing, dance, improvisation, directing, set design, and lighting in hopes of inspiring a younger generation who may not otherwise be exposed to the theater.

 

Life-Link - This team plans to pair high school students with senior citizens to provide the two generations the chance to share hobbies, interests and stories. The students will do service for assisted living and nursing facilities in hopes of providing local seniors in these facilities with some additional happiness. The venture hopes to have a constant supply of volunteers as this would also serve as a community service opportunity for community members.

 

 

2015 – 2016

FMAC Scholarship Having spent many years learning first-hand the impact of martial arts training on one’s physical and mental health, the members of the FMAC team realized that this activity was one they were lucky to have, as many students who need it cannot afford it. To remedy the situation, these members decided to create a Venture which would raise money to help give scholarships to those in need, especially focusing on those with disabilities with whom the FMAC program helps out.

Red Raiders Animal Helpers - Inspired by the presentation done by Sally Craigan of Be Pawsitive, a nonprofit that helps to support animals in need and provide therapy animals for people in need, the girls of Red Raiders Animal Helpers wanted to replicate such efforts through their Venture. The girls love of animals and their willingness to go the extra mile to help ensure those in need get the help they need will make this team one to watch.

 

2017 – 2018

Current Events Club - This Team understands the importance of doing community service, particularly for youth, but wanted to ensure that they and their peers could connect to service that they are passionate about. The Current Events Club is helping FHS students to earn community service hours for causes they truly care about while learning about issues affecting the community—often straight from news headlines. This examination and discussion about cause and effect of social issues, natural disasters, and more aims to help their peers understand the responsibility they have to participate in leading change.