PHOENIX, Ore. -- The community is continuing to come together and help each other after the devastating wildfires impacted Jackson County nearly 6 months ago. Student involved in the Key Club at South Medford High School made the decision to raise and donate money towards the Phoenix-Talent Rising Field in the Jack Woodward stadium.
The Key Club is a student-led community service club that is affiliated with the Jacksonville Kiwanis Club, a group which works to improve the lives of children.
Jesus Nunez is a student at South Medford High School and president of the club. He said the club came up with the idea of a can and bottle drive to raise money.
"I know a lot of people who have never been affected by something so strongly in their lives," Nunez said. "So that kind of motivated us in a way that nothing has ever motivated us before."
The club raised $175 dollars over the holiday break to donate towards the stadium's new turf. Nunez said the group just wanted to do something to help their community members who were impacted by the Almeda fire and didn't expect anything in return. The club was not aware that donations over $100 would be recognized as part of permanent signage at the field.
"We were actually notified that our club name would be on a plaque somewhere around the field and we were all very excited about that," Nunez said. "It's something that's going to hold our legacy as a club for the foreseeable future."
Stacy Stover is the club faculty advisor and she said many clubs have struggled during the pandemic, but she is proud of the determination the students involved in Key Club have had to continue community service efforts.
"It's wonderful because they went at it without any idea that there would be that recognition," Stover said. "They were just doing it from their hearts, just wanting to help and the desire to help."
The final touches are being done at the Phoenix-Talent Rising field before it gets broken in on March 5th for the 2021 football season.