Rock Bridge Reaches Out had five different cores hold meetings this week. After our long Labor Day weekend we kicked it into high gear with three Tuesday meetings. Relay for Life had a big turnout after school. One of our core leaders, Joanna Zhang, helped the group plan a bake sale to start raising money for cancer research, and the group talked more about the event that will be held in the spring. Wheelers and Dealers also had a large group walk over to South Hampton Nursing Home to play UNO. We had so many students we were also able to sit and talk with the residents before they had dinner. At five we had a culture day at The Intersection. Trisha Chaudhary and Yasmeen El-Jayyousi brought henna and taught the kids about their Indian traditions. While we were waiting for the henna to dry we played a giant game of hangman. Wednesday during lunch we had a Project Linus meeting and planned a bake sale to raise money for blanket materials. Stream Team also held a meeting on Thursday to plan for the year. It’s been a great week for volunteering in the Columbia community. If you want to get involved please follow us on twitter @RBReachesOut.

By: Kelsey Harper

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Photos by: Kelsey Harper

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Kelsey Harper is one of those girls. The ones that has her essays done before the teachers assign them. The kind that spends 10 hours studying for a test you didn't even know you had. Kelsey is the definition of overachiever. And in case that isn't enough, she is also a walking, talking Wal-Mart. Need a Band-Aid? Kelsey has a Spider-Man one. Need a Kleenex? Kelsey has a whole box. Need extra undies after laughing a little too hard? Don't hesitate to ask Kelsey! You can almost always find her studying in the choir hallway or slaving away after school at show choir practices; probably accompanied by her two pillow pets. Get to know Kelsey and she will no doubt save you multiple times, whether it's answering that one calculus question you didn't understand, giving you an emergency Alka-Seltzer, or just being a great friend. Written by Trisha Chaudhary. To contact Kelsey, send an email to


  1. RBRO is such a great club. They’re able to do so much good in the community, and I’m so glad there are Rock Bridge students willing to spend their time helping others.


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