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Junior Council pitches pennies for the pool

By: Madison Rumfelt Special to the Loomis News
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The Junior Council of the Friends of the Del Oro Pool has launched a community-wide Pennies for the Pool campaign. The Junior Council is made up of local teens who are passionate about getting a new pool built at Del Oro High School. Members have made presentations to all the Loomis and Newcastle elementary schools. The group is running a contest to see which grade can raise the most money. Instead of pitting one school against the other, each grade level from all the schools will compete against other grade levels at all the schools. A second contest is being held at Del Oro between the second block homerooms. The contests will end on February 3. The collection boxes, sponsored by Raleys, can also be found at area businesses including Taylor’s, Pizza Factory, Burger King, Taco Bell, and both Loomis and Granite Bay Raleys. Morgan Callahan, Junior Council president, said, “We want to show everyone that they can make a difference by pitching in what they can. Every penny helps, although dimes and dollars do add up faster.” The Junior Council is made up of seventh through twelfth graders who want to make their own contribution to the pool fund. They run their own meetings, are learning about Roberts Rules of Order, and are earning community service hours by organizing various fundraisers with the help of adult advisers Andrew Withers, Heidi Walker, Lindi Callahan and Grace Kamphefner. The Junior Council held its first fundraising event on Jan 7, with the first annual Del Oro Alumni Water Polo Games. Gate fees, T-shirt sales and dinner tickets helped the students ear more than $2,000 for the new pool fund. The next new pool fundraising event will be a 24-hour swim-a-thon on April 20 to 21. The Del Oro pool was built in 1969 and is used by Del Oro competitive swim and water polo teams, the high school P.E. program and the Loomis Basin Dolphins recreational swim team. It has also been used for summer swim lessons and community swimming. After 50 years of heavy usage it is not cost efficient, suffers frequent maintenance issues, and is too small and too shallow for current competitive standards. It’s referred to as the “bathtub” by other high school teams. The new pool will be over twice the current size, and will feature 14 lanes. The aquatic center will also include a separate therapy pool for physical therapy, special needs programs, senior aquatic fitness and learn to swim. Updates on the results for Pennies for the Pool can be found on the group Facebook page “Friends of the DO Pool.” END NOTE: Madison is a home-schooled 8th-grader and the Junior Council publicity chair.