Friday, October 28 , 2016, 2:51 pm | Partly Cloudy 68º


Ernest Righetti School Rallies to Raise Funds for Student with Cancer

High school students recently organized a fundraiser for a fellow special-needs student with cancer to ease the costs for ongoing brain surgeries.

Ernest Righetti students and staff rose to Joshua Amador's cause by holding a delicious tri-tip barbecue and placing collection cans in every classroom. A total of $3,652.80 was raised and proudly given to the family. Students had hoped to raise $500. Posters were also created that featured the slogan, "Make a Change for Josh."

"I could not do it without the staff and students at ERHS,'' said mother Jodi Amador, adding that the funds will help with travel and other costs that have not allowed her to work on a regular basis. "They all pulled together for us and they are amazing. Josh is my inspiration. He's so strong. He keeps you going.''

Joshua, 19, will graduate in June. He's had brain cancer for several years and has had numerous surgeries at an Orange County hospital. He previously attended Pioneer Valley High School.

Righetti education specialist Janene Maa said the outreach effort taught students about community service and the value of helping those in need.

"Never underestimate the power of unity for an important cause,'' Maa said.

— Kenny Klein is a media affairs coordinator for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >