This year at Madera High School, we honored Millard L. Henderson by raising money for the daughters of Raul Moncada.
Raul graduated from Madera High in 1997 and was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq serving his country. He was initially a Marine but reenlisted in the Army.
The student body bought Camo Crew shirts and collected change that was placed in a scholarship account to be split between the daughters, Priscilla and Mia, when they graduate high school.
I would like to thank my coworkers Vicky Perez, Mona Gutierrez, Gina Cardenas, Sarah Murrietta, Kent Albertson, Shane Riddle and Scott McKinney for supporting the idea and making sure the event was a success. Thanks, also, to Joe at Frozen Delight Yogurt for donating a portion of his sales and Andy and the girls at Andy’s Shoe Shak for selling shirts. And thanks, too, to Wendy Alexander, Tyler Takeda, Elsa Mejia and Chuck Doud for supporting and covering the event.
Many times we don’t see enough of the great things kids do and worry about the future. I can vouch for quite a few young people that they really have their hearts in the right place and worked hard at giving. They are teenagers still, but the ASB and many clubs on campus represent the best our society has. The future is much brighter than you might think. Thank you, Coyotes!
More thanks to our local Veterans of Foreign Wars and Womans Auxiliary that gave the first donation. Great people that are a cornerstone of Madera.
Appreciation to Mark and Janet Peruch at Accent Monuments for making sure the engraving on the monument was done by that Friday night and for making the monument look new again. It is a really impressive monument on the west side of Memorial Stadium that reminds us of real heroes and that freedom comes at a price. I loved watching the daughter proudly take a picture by her dad’s name and melted as I watched his mother gently rub her hand across his name with tears in her eyes.
To the staff, especially Wendy Fagan, at Citizens Business Bank on the corner of Schnoor and Howard. They are still selling shirts and collecting donations at the bank. Feel free to go by and help us continue to make the scholarship account grow.
I hope someday in 10 years to run a photo of Priscilla graduating and Mia in 15 graduating, both receiving checks from Madera, showing just like the monument represents, that we never forget.
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