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Bullard goes all in for Kids Day

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Senior Miranda Avina, Ms. Fischle, and sophomore Mark Topoozian man the Kids Day booth at Bullard.

Senior Miranda Avina, Ms. Fischle, and sophomore Mark Topoozian man the Kids Day booth at Bullard.

Senior Miranda Avina, Ms. Fischle, and sophomore Mark Topoozian man the Kids Day booth at Bullard.

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Nearly 200 Bullard students participated in this year’s Kids Day on Tuesday (March 7), standing on street corners near campus and selling a special edition of the Fresno Bee to raise money for Valley Children’s Hospital.

The students were split into two shifts, morning and afternoon. Ms. Fischle, a Bullard English teacher, organized the school’s Kids Day effort. She said students sold more than 3,000 copies of the newspaper and raised $14,160. (Although the paper sells for $1, donors often give more than that.)

This was Fischle’s first year leading Bullard’s Kids Day effort. It fits snugly into her role as sponsor of the Drive Club, whose purpose is to organize students into doing volunteer work.

Fischle was pleased both with the support she received from Bullard administration and the way things were going Tuesday: “Valley Children’s is such a great hospital and gives lots of support. It’s the only hospital like that in the Central Valley.”

Sophomore Mark Topoozian, one of Bullard’s student coordinators, said the event took a lot of effort but was worth it: “We had to get donations for breakfast, had to help get everyone signed in, and make signs. It was great fun.”

This was the 30th annual Kids Day. More than 6,000 people throughout Fresno County were expected to participate in the fundraising. Bullard students have taken part for at least two decades.

Bullard Vice Principal Brian Vollhardt, like many parents, has a personal connection with Valley Children’s Hospital.  He had to spend 58 days there when his newborn son, Ian, was born eight years ago.

While no one likes to spend a lot of time at the hospital, Vollhardt came away from the experience with enthusiam for the hospital’s mission and patient care: “The support at Valley Children’s is on a different level, and the experience was fantastic.”

Sales of the paper were brisk around Bullard most of the morning. Freshman Alexis Snyder and junior Rebecca Colbert said they had sold about 20 papers by 8:20 a.m. Snyder said this was her second time participating in the event: “This was the better of the two times – we got doughnuts this time, and it wasn’t as cold.”

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