Tahquitz High School cheer hosts kindness event

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Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Judy White, center, speaks at Tahquitz High School’s Cheer Showcase on the importance of community service and the Riverside County Office of Education’s Kindness Campaign with Tahquitz cheer coach Sarah Peterson, left, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Derek Jindra, back left, Tahquitz cheer coach Michael Peterson and Tahquitz Principal Eric Dahlstrom, right. Courtesy photo

HEMET – Tahquitz High School’s cheer team hosted its annual Cheer Showcase with a fun and caring, twist. This year, in addition to cheer teams performing a pep rally, halftime or competition routine, the student-athletes also created posters about the community service projects they performed throughout the year. This new addition was in support of the Riverside County Office of Education’s Kindness Campaign initiative.

Cheer teams from Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles County gathered in the Tahquitz gymnasium to participate in the event. Judy White, Ph.D., superintendent of schools with the Riverside County Office of Education, spoke to the students about the importance of community service and giving back. She encouraged the audience to be leaders not only on their cheer team but at school and in the community as well.

Male cheer captain Cameron Canada said White inspired him with her speech. He said the topic of kindness was timely and that although it may be hard to be kind if you are having a hard day, it is still important.

The school’s kindness projects ranged from putting together bags for the needy to writing inspirational quotes on Starbucks’ hot coffee holders and many others.

Female cheer captain Delilah Del Valle is a senior this year. She said she has enjoyed watching the event grow every year at Tahquitz. She said they knew some of the teams that attended, but the event allowed them to interact with people outside of the Hemet Valley.

Submitted by Hemet Unified School District.