Students raising money to send guardians to accompany veterans to Washington D.C. in the fall


The Kiwanis Club of Taft was treated to a presentation about Kern County Honor Flight by students and teachers of Taft Union High School’s Oil Technology Academy last Thursday.
Taft High School Board Member Julie Ortlieb, along with teachers Ted Pendergrass and Mike Goodwin, had considered for some time the idea of Oil Tech Academy students taking a role in sending veterans from Taft to our nation’s capitol through Honor Flight. After investigation of the best way to fund the idea, they began putting their goal into motion.
Bryson Ginn, Taft High student in search of a senior project, soon stepped in to head up the effort. Their goal is to send two veterans with guardians (those who assist the veterans on the trip) this Fall, probably in October. The trip will take three days and will include visiting many monuments, museums, the Capitol, and Arlington Cemetery.
Speakers last Thursday included student Kaylene Teter and Howard Minton, a veteran, who spoke of his trip to Washington, D.C. with Councilman Randy Miller as his guardian. On hand was Blake Smith, who, along with Teter and Ginn, helped to raise over $500 by selling water donated by Fastenal at the Chamber Car Show on May 5. These proceeds and all additional donations will be held by the Midway Sunset Lions Club Foundation.
The Kiwanis Club of Taft, in addition to their programs that benefit the children of our community, will be supporting this effort. They encourage their friends and colleagues to join them in this very worthwhile cause. Taft High School Oil Technology will soon be announcing the way in which funds may be given to this important endeavor.