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Fremont concert to benefit kids in Kathmandu

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  • Lynda Jordan/Mesa Public Schools

Fremont Junior High will present its annual Charity Concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in the auditorium at 1001 N. Power Road, Mesa. Admission is free. Donations are accepted.

Fremont’s Service-Builders Club will host its annual Charity Concert to help children in Kathmandu, Nepal, through the Society for Integrated Community Development. “Over the past 15 years, we have sent more than $16,000 to SICD to help educate less-privileged children,” said Chris Whitehead, Service-Builders Club sponsor.

Our long-standing relationship with this nongovernmental organization is based on a recommendation by the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu. SICD has no paid officers, and all funds go directly to pay the children’s school fees.

Service-Builders Club Charity Concert

The concert’s set for 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at 1001 N. Power Road, Mesa. It will feature a patriotic color guard, the national anthem, instrumental music, vocal music, dance and comedy. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted at the end of the concert.

“The annual Charity Concert is one of Fremont’s premier events. It’s completely student organized and student produced, from the schoolwide auditions to the performance and from the cast to the crew. Todd Roberts, principal, and Jessica Hickey, art teacher, will host the evening’s entertainment. Students look forward to it all year. We would love to have our community members come support the kids and this wonderful event,” Whitehead said.

If you can’t attend, but you’d like to help, donations are gratefully accepted throughout the school year. For more information, contact Whitehead at (480) 472-8355 or

Additional club activities

Each year, students engage in a variety of service activities that benefit people on campus, in the community and beyond. In January, the club spearheaded an Operation Help Our Own drive that netted more than 400 pairs of gently used denim jeans for Arizona Standdown to benefit homeless veterans in Maricopa County.

In addition to its Kathmandu and Operation Help Our Own projects, the Service-Builders Club is active in recycling, food drives for Paz de Cristo, Operation Christmas Child for Samaritan’s Purse, Veterans Day cards, Veterans Day Parade, Cancer Wall Memorial, Help a Fremont Family, Relay for Life, Service Saturday, Teacher Appreciation Week and end-of-the-school-year cleanup.

Chris Whitehead teaches American Studies. He sponsors the Service-Builders Club under the Kiwanis Club banner, the Cricket Club and the Close Up Club.