November 11, 2013
A group of Monticello High School students is giving back in a big way. Drama students are putting on a big variety show to raise money to help a classmate and his mother after a fire destroyed their Albemarle County home this summer.
In August, Junior Pena Fuentas and his mother's home caught on fire in the Southwood Community.
"Something unexpected. You never expect anything to happen like that," said Junior Pena Fuentas, Lost Home in Fire.
Now drama students at Monticello High School are getting creative to help their friend.
"The minute that I heard that he and his family were in trouble, I knew that we had to do something," said Braelyn Schenk, Drama Student, Monticello High School.
They're putting on a talent showcase with dancing, one-act plays, singing and more. They're hoping to fill up the seats in the auditorium and raise lots of money so that Junior and his mom can build a new home and replace some of their belongings that were lost in the fire.
It's a project that makes their drama director and students proud.
"I love my students. Everyday they inspire me to be here and do something better and look out for another person and they're just generous of spirit and they love each other and I'm just happy to watch what they do together," said Madeline Michel, Drama Director, Monticello High School.
"It just shows how much a community cares about a family. It makes me feel so good to know that this family is going to be taken care," said Annie Eplee, Drama Student, Monticello High School.
When Junior thinks about what his friends are doing to help his family, one word describes the feeling and that's "thankful."
"They want to do it and I do thank them but I still feel like I still owe them. I just don't like to feel that way but they're showing me they're doing something else to help me knowing that they're there for me and willing to help me in any way they can," said Pena Fuentas.
Junior says he's been blessed with good friends. They've been there since before the fire and they vow to stick around to help his family rebuild.
The show is on Thursday November 14, 2013 at Monticello High School. It starts at 7:00 pm. Students are asking everyone who comes out to bring a donation.