Leafing a good impression

Arvada High students volunteer in community neighborhoods

Posted 11/19/19

Every couple of weeks or so, Arvada High athletes psyche themselves up for a different type of competition, with each of them picking up a rake and preparing to clear the most leaves from nearby …

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Leafing a good impression

Arvada High students volunteer in community neighborhoods

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Every couple of weeks or so, Arvada High athletes psyche themselves up for a different type of competition, with each of them picking up a rake and preparing to clear the most leaves from nearby neighborhoods.

The athletes are part of the athletic leadership team at Arvada High, which organizes times for the group to rake leaves in the community as a volunteer service. Most recently, five team members who play girls’ basketball school crossed 65th Avenue and set to work Nov. 13, raking for an hour before practice began.

To start their hour of giving back, students and athletic director Dan Quaratino knock on neighbors’ doors, asking if they would like some help clearing their yards. Even when neighbors don’t answer, the students waste no time getting to work, finishing the yard within minutes and leaving a note in the mailbox to inform residents they’ve been there.

“It’s important because it gets a good face for our student body out there, and it helps us bond and give back to other people,” said junior Rayanne Gronquist, 16.

Quaratino agreed, highlighting that, in a community that is so supportive of its local high school, the students feel compelled to give back.

“People ask, ‘why are you doing this?’ Really, it’s just because we care,” he said. “Our core beliefs are service, community and love, so it’s our way to give that love to the community.”

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