It’s seven months of non-stop action. It’s over a hundred thousand dollars for five local charities. For some, it’s the pinnacle of their high school experience. What is it? The Mr./Ms. Spartan program. For the next few months, the High-O-Scope will be providing you with the inside scoop on this year’s Mr./Ms. Spartan program. Each month, we’ll focus on a different aspect of the program. This month: the charities.
The Mario Pastega House and the Regional Cancer Center are two of the charities that have been beneficiaries of the charity program for several years. They are both run through Samaritan Health Services, which provides health care to communities throughout Oregon. The Mario Pastega House is a home for out-of-town patients seeking health care in Corvallis. The house contains 12 guest suites, two of which are ADA accessible, and will use the donation to offset the cost of room rentals. The Regional Cancer Center is a “hub” for regional cancer treatment, according to their website. The center and its other offices located throughout the region study medical and radiation oncology, provide chemotherapy treatment and other services, and administer clinical trials, among other resources.
The ABC House, also one of last year’s charities, will be using the money to fund its many child abuse intervention services. It provides those services to the Linn-Benton community, like medical and trauma assessments, counseling, family support, and community resources.
The Grace Center for Adult Day Services is another one of the lucky nonprofits that will benefit from the extensive fundraising the participants undergo. The center offers day-based care to seniors and adults with disabilities. It’s a practical alternative to full-time or institutional care and is the only center of its kind in the Corvallis area. This charity is important to many CHS families that have been helped by the services the Grace Center provides. Specific example. The money that Grace Center will receive from Mr./Ms. Spartan will go to their financial aid assistance program, which helps Grace Center be able to provide their services at little to no cost for low-income seniors and adults with disabilities.
The final charity the program has selected is a new one, as well as the one nearest to us, Corvallis High’s very own Yearbook Angels. Yearbooks at CHS are a yearlong work of love, sweat, and tears, and it’s full of memories of some of the most formative years of your life (for better or worse). It’s been a staple of high school for generations. Unfortunately, yearbooks are expensive, and not everyone can afford a yearbook at the price needed to support the program. That’s where the Yearbook Angels come in: for underclassmen on free/reduced lunch, yearbooks are provided to them at a reduced cost, and for upperclassmen the yearbooks are free. The money given to the Angels will go towards the general fund, ensuring that the yearbooks will be as beautiful as always while also being affordable and accessible to all Spartans.
Tune in next month for more about the program, with a specific focus on the contestants!