Last month Dinuba High School Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and Orosi High School HOSA gathered with about 3,000 teachers, students and community members for a spirited competition between each campus. The high schools competed in order to raise awareness for NAMI on Campus and contribute to the HOSA State Leadership Conference Service Project for 2018 (NAMI) by offering community service hours and a financial donation opportunity.
A Kiss-a-Pig event was decided for the superintendent of the losing school district. COJUSD and Dinuba school district would fundraise for a given amount of time and in the end would see which school district raised the least amount of money and the losing superintendent would go to the winning campus to kiss a pig. Last week, the Dinuba superintendent, Mr. Rodriguez, came to Orosi to kiss the pig at the event awards ceremony.
The students raised over $3,000, with winning campus Orosi High raising $2,523.37. Both schools will receive special recognition from both the State Leadership conference and International Leadership conference. The funds raised are in addition to the many volunteer hours committed to the project.
Dinuba is in its second year as a club and OHS is just starting its NCHS. The groups learned about NAMI on Campus at their HOSA regional leadership conference in October and then began the steps to establish a club on campus.
Students were eager to continue their work after the events, asking organizers, "What can I do to help people with mental illness?" and, “I can't wait to help other people in our community. How do we get started?"