Frontier High School program gets financial support helping terminally ill patients
TIC provides student group with more than $1,600
Last Updated: 56 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield students working to improve the life of those terminally ill are getting big support.
The Industrial Company is helping the Frontier High School DreamCatchers.
Several times during the school year students learn about character and the appreciation of life, from just granting a simple wish.
Brooke Riehl likes to keep busy.
“It’s a great feeling knowing that you’re doing something good in your community to benefit everybody,” she said.
While putting the finishing touches on her homecoming float, she’s also planning the next visit to optimal hospice. It’s the place she volunteers with the school’s DreamCatchers organization.
“I wanted to join this club because I enjoy helping out the community and I thought it was a good way in which I could do that,” said Riehl.
The DreamCatchers work with terminally ill patients, helping fulfill wishes every year.
“One of my favorite dreams is a patient, really wanted to have a garden that she could go and read books and enjoy, but she didn’t know if she would be moving or not. So, we decided to come up with an idea to give her a portal garden,” said Sophie Constantine, club president.
Students have helped decorate rooms, provided meals, thrown birthday parties, and given patients and their loved ones special dinners.
“It’s pretty amazing. I mean, they are high school kids and they are making a huge impact on the community, making things happen for people they don’t even know,” said Phil Work with the Industrial Company.
The Industrial Company awarded the group metals and a plaque in appreciation of the work students are doing in the community. TIC also presented a check for more than $1,600 so students can continue bringing smiles to area patients.
“Sometimes it’s really hard when we get news about a patient that we helped, passing but we enjoy every second we get to spend with them,” said Constantine.
Frontier High School isn’t the only place in Kern County where the program is running. DreamCatchers is also based in three other schools.
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