Warsaw Area Career (WACC) students recently partnered with CASA of Kosciusko County. In anticipation of the 2022 Holiday Festival to raise awareness and funding to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children who are entangled in the Kosciusko County court system by recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), teachers Marc Huffer and Andrea Miller took on special student-made projects to donate to the cause.
The 2022 Holiday Festival, A Strand of Lives Changed, was a huge success. Warsaw Community Schools would like to thank Brian Peterson Real Estate Group for donating the materials and supplies for Marc Huffer's students to design and build a camper that sold in the live auction for $4,000 and was one of the highest ticket items. The longboard from Andrea Miller’s Digital Design Graphics: Gone Boarding class sold for $340 and was built and painted by sophomore Aliah Barkey.
Dr. David Hoffert, Superintendent for Warsaw Community Schools, has been a supporter of CASA for many years. His wife Dr. Rachael Hoffert and WCS School Board President Heather Reichenbach are both CASA volunteers. Heather Reichenbach, a CASA board member, shared, "It is inspiring to see WCHS students give back to their community through their time and talent. These auction items were built with more than just lumber and carpentry materials. They were also built with heart. We are so proud of these students - and everyone involved - for contributing to the CASA Holiday Festival and making a difference in the lives of children."
Dr. David Hoffert added, "CASA is an amazing community organization that changes lives. We are so grateful that our high school students had the opportunity to learn about CASA, contribute to their mission, and live ours. We'd like to thank leaders, teachers, community members, and students for promoting kindness."
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