Prior to a new school year starting, most students are preparing for dorm life or getting in their last bit of summer sun. On the days leading up to the new Fall semester this year, Warner cheerleaders volunteered their time to help out those less fortunate. The girls were involved in several community and team building experiences.
On Aug 19, the girls had the opportunity to work with the Lake Wales Care Center under the direction of Brian Kistner. Their job was to assist in roofing an elderly gentleman’s home, and as Hannah Sikes, WU senior said, “For most of us on the team, it was our first time stepping foot on the roof of a house. There was a lot of nervous laughs and hesitation being assigned to this task at first, but by the end our girls were humbled and grateful for what our Care Center does.” The girls also participated in team building exercises at the H.E.A.R.T. facility.
The next day, the cheerleaders had the opportunity to go to the Ronald McDonald’s House at Arnold Palmer Medical Center in Orlando, FL. During this event they cooked and prepared by themselves a lunch of spaghetti, salad and desert. Some of the WU faculty members donated toward the supplies used. This lunch fed the families of the sick children who have been hospitalized for a number of days, weeks, months. The girls were also happy to be the first set of cheerleaders asked to rally on the competitors at the Ride-4-Ronald benefit race on Sept. 20th.