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I.B. project looks to aid firefighters

Community service is a big part of the education process in Pasco County, but for four International Baccalaureate students from Gulf High, some causes hit close to home.

"We've been involved with things like Relay for Life, ASPCA, book drives," said Jeffrey Kruse, 18. "But this one means a lot."

On Sunday, Kruse, along with Bryan Larsen, John Wang-hu and Jimmy Boyle, all 17, will host a fundraising car wash and family day for the Port Richey Fire Department where Larsen serves as a volunteer.

It is part of an academic requirement for students in the I.B. program to complete a community service project, Kruse said, but the group was heavily influenced by Larsen's insight.

"They're really kind of the unseen heroes and we wanted to promote the fact that they are there and they are always helping us," Kruse said. "We'd like to raise enough money to help build a new classroom to teach new and upcoming firefighters and volunteers, and hopefully get some funding for a new engine. We want to bring everybody to support a cause that everybody relies on."

The car wash will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at AutoZone at 6136 Ridge Road, Port Richey. There will be food and raffles for prizes and family activities such as movie tickets and mini golf. Car wash is $4. Raffle tickets are $3.

I.B. project looks to aid firefighters 03/13/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 8:16pm]
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