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Minarets Car Show Helps Students Get to Europe

Students move closer to their goal in fundraising for European trip

O’NEALS — Students, parents and teachers have been working hard over the past several months raising money for what is sure to be a life-changing experience for some 25 students at Minarets High School.

On Oct. 6, the campus in O’Neals sparkled with the gleam of chrome and bright colors as students and staff made their final push to raise the money for a living-history trip to Europe.In the spring of 2013, history teacher Daniel Ching and his wife Ceaenna, media teacher Jon Corippo and two more chapperones, will take students through Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary. The trip will involve history such as the Holocaust, World War II, the Cold War and medieval Europe.

The Minarets Car Show, which organizers hope will be the first of many of these annual events, was conceived to raise money for the trip. Plenty of vendors, raffle prizes, perfect weather and dozens of beautiful cars helped to make the event all they had hoped for.

Daniel and Ceaenna Ching“The day was a success in a number of ways,” says Daniel Ching, history teacher at Minarets and organizer of the trip. “We raised $2,300 for the students going to Europe. Our goal is to break the $3,500 mark as a group.”

This has been a big challenge for everyone involved, and the students have worked hard, many taking summer jobs, to raise funds for the trip.

“The money is spread between 25 students, so the more we can raise, the easier it is on families to send their kids,” says Ching. “We plan on having a 2nd Annual next year because we had so much fun, raised money, and hung out with people from all over the community.”

Katie Grant and Taylor Meyer 10-6-12 Minarets Car ShowKatie Grant and Taylor Meyer were two of the students helping out with the raffle at the event, among other things.

“I worked at Vons over the summer to raise money,” Taylor told us. “We’re all very excited about going.”

If you would like to make a contribution and help these kids reach their goal, please contact Daniel Ching at dching@mychawanakee.org.

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