By Janice Eck
Photos by Janice Eck
(Victorville)– On Tuesday, April 21, the art, band, choir, culinary arts, and drama clubs of Silverado High School made a joint effort to benefit the neutral humanitarian organization, Doctors without Borders (DwB). Silverado’s Performing Arts Center was filled with aromas of sweet treats; music from advanced guitarists, the excellent-rated band, and the superior-rated choir; snippets from Drama club’s “Just Another High School Play;” prints from excelling Photography and Art students, and beautifully hand-crafted ceramic bowls with all proceeds going to DwB.
The Culinary Arts Club showed off their baking skills with delicious, mouth-watering dessert items such as peanut butter chocolate balls, cheesecake and the most delectable chocolate chip cookies you’ve ever tasted among other sugary-sweet goodnesses.
Photography and Art students had amazingly creative prints up for sale that made it hard to believe they were created by high school students. Stunning ceramic bowls and vases with swirls of colors were available along with paper mache Angry Birds created by AVID.
The Drama Team, who had just ended their 2-night performance of “Just Another High School Play,” still had their lines fresh in their minds as they performed bits and pieces from the successful play.
The superior-rated Choir, conducted by Choir and Band teacher, Kalon Mattsson, captivated the audience with their soothing talents as they sung Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Already Home” from “The Wizard of Oz” with Silverado Senior, Angelina Gazca performing solo and other songs showcasing their warble-like flair.
Warming up for the Band Festival in Barstow, the already excellent-rated band, an ensemble of horns, winds, percussion and drums led by Mattsson, indeed impressed visitors showing why they are rated so highly and are well on their way to being rated superior.
This is not the first benefit Silverado has held for DwB. In the past, they’ve had a few where anywhere from $200 to $800 had been raised. With all the crises going on in the world, Michelle Blum, Silverado High School Art teacher and benefit organizer knew DwB would be the best global choice to raise funds for at this time. “We’re raising money for Doctors without Border,” Blum explained to High Desert Daily. “It’s a humanitarian organization that helps people in crisis. They were the first ones to go in when the Ebola outbreak started. They’re also the first ones to go into any war-stricken area. They’re neutral so they’ll help anyone who’s injured. They don’t have a political or religious preference.”
There’s still time to donate if you haven’t already. Please go to http://events.doctorswithoutborders.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=3107 . Feel free to contact Ms. Blum at (760) 955-3353 if you make a donation of $10 or more to receive a bowl.