Rio Americano Makes the News for Good Deeds!
It was a Christmas miracle! Though OneRio made $1000 with its inaugural Rio Wreaths fundraiser, we fell short of our goal to have 50 wreaths donated for every door of the elderly residents at Sunrise Assisted Living in Carmichael.
Enter Rio Resource Wendy Finnecy and Special Education teachers Heather Ludwig and Jenie Sawyer-Carter. In the 11th hour before the scheduled donation last Friday, December 4, Wendy, Heather, and Jenie coordinated with OneRio Spirit Leader, Kelli Wheeler, to have a wreath making party to come up with the additional 40 wreaths so every senior would have one on their door!
Throughout the day and at lunch Thursday Special Ed students joined with other Rio students to create wreaths made from pine boughs collected the night before from Mikey’s Christmas Trees and decorations from the dollar store.
A press release was sent out to try to get some publicity for positive things happening at Rio. Both Fox40 and KCRA showed up to film our Special Ed students delivering the homemade wreaths to the residents of Sunrise of Carmichael. After school many more students showed up to deliver the rest of the wreaths and interact with the senior residents of the care facility.
This wonderful coming together of our Rio community for holiday outreach to our elderly community was just another reason why #WeChooseRio!