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Senior project helps rebuild history

Third-graders raising funds for historic firehouse
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Third-graders at Sunset Ranch Elementary School have launched a fundraising drive in support of the rebuilding of Rocklin Firehouse #1 on Front Street. Last month, Rocklin Historical Society President Skip Gebel announced a campaign to construct a replica of the historic building on Front Street. Built in 1883, the building was primarily used by the fire department, but was periodically a meeting place for the city council through the 1940s. “We’re asking everyone in our community to donate $3 to the campaign so we can break ground this summer,” Gebel wrote to the Placer Herald in March. Whitney High School senior Shealyn Herbert, who volunteers in Lynn Wheeler’s third-grade class, decided the firehouse restoration effolrt would be an ideal service project for the students. “One of my big projects for this year is to create a service learning project that involves the third-grade students and teaches them the value of helping out their community,” she explained. With a goal of $500, the students created 64 coin boxes to place around their campus as well as at Rocklin businesses. “We have worked very hard on decorating coin boxes and coming up with plans on how we will get the whole school to help us reach out goal,” she said. In recognition of their efforts, students were treated to a tour of a Rocklin Fire Department ladder truck. “We want the community to get involved and to know what we’re doing to try to help,” she said. Donation boxes will be placed at the school, 2500 Bridlewood Drive, as well as at Rocklin Starbucks and Subway stores. Donations can also be mailed to the Rocklin Historical Society, P.O. Box 1, Rocklin, CA 95677. ~ Gloria Beverage