Students in three Fargo Public Schools buildings have been busy this month raising funds for the family of a North High School student. Late at night during the Labor Day weekend, the home of Stephen and Bobbi Jo Garcia caught fire. Their daughter Samantha, a North High senior, climbed out of her bedroom window to escape. No one was injured in the blaze, which made the house a total loss.
In the days that followed, the student council at North, as well as student groups at Ben Franklin and Carl Ben Eielson Middle Schools, began organizing fund drives at their schools to raise short-term funding for the Garcia family.
At the middle schools on Friday, September 14, students and staff held a “hat day” fundraiser, wearing their favorite headpiece for $1.00 donations. At day’s end, the schools pooled their proceeds together and presented the Garcia family with $975 check.
At North, students dedicated all proceeds from last week’s Homecoming Week activities to the cause, including dance ticket sales, royalty voting, and a special “Garcia
Homecoming” ticket sale. Student Council President Keith Lehman also wrote several letters to Fargo-area businesses soliciting donations for the fundraiser. West Acres Mall, State Bank, Choice Financial, and Goldmark responded to the plea (Gate City Bank also set up a fund), bringing the total North High collection and effort to over $7,000.
On Friday during an afternoon pep rally in the Spartandome, members of the student council presented their funds to family members.