2017 Dan Fiske Day of Service
This year was the 4th annual Dan Fiske Day of Service. All students from Illinois Valley High School spent the whole school day participating in community service on and off campus.
- The Day of Service was implemented in memory of a former local veterinarian, city councilman, and service-oriented man named Dan Fiske.
- Businesses partner with students at Illinois Valley High School in community service projects on their property. Five to six businesses participate each year.
- The Day of Service focuses on the importance of serving your community and working with your fellow classmates.
The Day of Service coordinates activities according to group sizes of students and helps improve not only the local community but the surrounding areas as well. The Day of Service helps strengthen student bonds to each other and the community, while also simultaneously getting students involved with local businesses that they may not otherwise have had direct contact with. The Day of Service improves student morale and leads to beneficial skills/tools in the student’s future. Through this community service experience students are also able to complete their high school community service requirements early.
The Day of Service is in honor of Dan Fiske, a Cave Junction local, veterinarian, city councilman, and involved community member who suddenly passed away. The Day of Service is an annual event that was implemented in Dan Fiske’s memory to keep his service-oriented spirit alive in the valley.
This year, students spent a full day in the community participating in various services in order to make the area better. Locations included: Oregon Caves, Chevron, True Value, Lorna Byrne, Evergreen Elementary, the Illinois Valley Visitor’s Center, Illinois Valley High School, Shop Smart, the Post Office, as well as the streets and businesses around town. They completed various projects including trash clean up, weeding, painting, varnishing the railings at the Caves, planting, spreading mulch, and many other empowering and rejuvenating projects.
The Dan Fiske Memorial Day of Service was originally implemented in September of 2014 by Illinois Valley High School student /JCF student officer Skyla Patton, and former IVHS teacher, Erica Butler. This year, the Day of Service was planned and implemented by student Kaya Doolaege and JCF adviser Caitlin Gray. The Dan Fiske Memorial Day of Service was also planned in partnership with the Josephine County Foundation (JCF), and Illinois Valley High School Leadership class and staff.
The Josephine County Foundation has been a sponsor of the Dan Fiske Day of Service for the last four years and will continue to be a supporter in the years to follow.