Sixth-grade students at Hesperia Christian School are banking on community members showing them a whole lot of love as they work to raise money to resurface HCS’s tennis court.  

The youngsters’ next big fundraiser, Health and Wellness Expo 2016, will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday on the campus of HCS, 16775 Olive St.

According to Kimberly Ureta, an event volunteer, the Expo will feature an array of local  holistic healing professionals, as well as representatives from exercise gyms and other health-related businesses.

“This is the first time HCS has ever done anything of this nature but we’ve noticed the parents of our students are becoming more concerned about ways to live a healthier life,” said Ureta.  

“I am connected with many people in the holistic health community here in the High Desert and suggested that an Expo featuring these types of individuals and businesses would be a perfect fit for what the kids are trying to do.”

Maureen Hofman, coordinator for the Health and Wellness Expo, said HCS’s sixth-grade class began its fundraising efforts in January. The youngsters started out with a grass roots campaign making calls to friends, family and local businesses asking for donations. Within a short time, they collected over $2,000, which Hofman said motivated them to expand their efforts.

“This project has gotten bigger and bigger as the months have gone on,” said Hofman. “To date, the students have raised more than $16,000 on the way to their goal of $30,000. It sounds like a lot of money but resurfacing the tennis court will be very costly.”

“At the end of all of this, the kids will walk away knowing they’ve left a legacy at HCS, which is what their main goal was from the beginning.”

Hofman said High Desert-based companies ActiveLAMP and Choice Medical Group are two of the Expo’s biggest sponsors. Other businesses that will man booths include Stine Chiropractic, Rodan and Fields skin care products, doTERRA essential oils, Abundant Harvest Organics, High Desert Gymnastics, High Desert Natural Birth Professionals, Beach Body, High Desert Rolfing, Marti and John Browne’s Crystals and Stones and Crossfit TI.

Raffles will be held throughout the Expo and prizes will include a gift basket from Abundant Harvest Organics, a certificate for a free Rolfing session from High Desert Rolfing, a free massage and adjustment from Stine Chiropractic and a free month of classes at High Desert Gymnastics.

“Our sponsors have stepped up big time and are offering some incredible raffle prizes,” said Ureta. “We are overwhelmed by their generosity.”

Along with the vendor booths at the Expo, Hofman said elementary and pre-K students from HCS will run laps for the school’s Race for Education program. The youngsters will earn money from donors for each lap completed.

Admission to HCS’s Health and Wellness Expo 2016 is free. For more information, visit http://www.hcslegacy.org.