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FHA-HERO Nourishing The Community
There were several dinners served up at the Taco Sale fundraiser held by the FHA-HERO students along with individual items as Alondra Hernandez sells the meals out of the taco trailer. Photo Contributed


Smells in the air traveled through the Riverbank High School campus while FHA-HERO students manned a taco trailer offering families, guests, students, and others a taco dinner and other items at a “Taco Sale” fundraiser on Wednesday, April 1.

Along with the Taco Sale fundraiser, the FHA group had a showcase during Open House where members that will be competing at the State Leadership Meeting from April 25 through April 28 set up their displays for parents to view. FHA member Rolando Castillo demonstrated his salad skill by preparing a Pomegranate Arugula Salad which he offered guests samples of as they stopped by. Castillo will be competing in the Salad Prep competition at the state event later this month.

Attendees of the Riverbank-Escalon track meet on Wednesday night also supported the FHA-HERO initiative purchasing taco dinners and other various items. The taco dinner included two tacos, a rice cupcake, and a drink for $5. The dinner was also available for pick up from the taco trailer in the staff parking lot that evening.

“Our Taco Sale fundraiser was a success and the students had a blast which is impossible to put a price tag on,” stated FHA-HERO advisor, Nena Sandoval. “We were able to donate the leftovers to Darlene Barber-Martinez for the senior citizens lunch at the Community Center.”

With the funds raised the FHA-Hero group will cover some of the cost of the State Leadership meeting as well as an end of year field trip.

The club is currently collecting items for the ‘Bags of Compassion’ campaign sponsored by the Without Permission organization. The organization helps provide survivor support for people that have been victimized by sexual exploitation.

The backpacks are approved by the FBI and are filled with personal care items like shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, socks, pens and many other items.

The Without Permission organization’s Chessa Johnson, education coordinator, will be speaking to the student body at Riverbank High on April 16 and 17.

Sandoval expressed that this is a serious topic that threatens students, children, and families which has already impacted the community.

For more information call Sandoval at Riverbank High School at 209-869-1891.