By Kea Yoshinaka and Josephine Teran, Staff Writers
// Acalanes High School hosted the “Hero Night” tailgate before the varsity football game against Campolindo High School on Oct. 15 to give thanks to firefighters for their work against wildfires.
The tailgate consisted of activities such as face painting and cup pong to promote bonding between the Acalanes and Campolindo communities.
“A couple of years ago we did a joint tailgate with Campolindo, and it was so nice. I feel like our communities don’t come together enough in our district,” Leadership teacher Katherine Walton said.
Both schools sold Hero Night shirts, and $3 from every shirt sale went to California wildfire relief organizations.
“I think nowadays especially, the firefighters are some of our heroes. The fire seasons are really intense, and I think it’s really important to recognize them and what they do,” junior Sophia MacKay said.
In addition to honoring the hard work of firefighters, the schools also recognized the custodial staff for their work in keeping campuses clean.
“[We honored] our custodians on Friday afternoon. We [had] gifts for them to say thank you for all [their] work, especially in light of the bathroom vandalism, but also [throughout the pandemic], and then [invited] them and their family to the game,” Walton said.
Campolindo ultimately won the game by a score of 24-14, but the tailgate was a large success and raised a lot of money for fire relief.
Blueprint will update this story once told what the exact amount of money raised is.