FRC teams are not the only beneficiaries of team assistance. When the younger FIRSTers struggle, the entire community struggles. Four years ago, when the High Rollers discovered 85% of the student body at Whitney Elementary were classified as homeless, we committed weeks to gathering donations to provide for the students.
We also brought a robot to demonstrate the future they could build for themselves by getting involved in STEM, and we now offer annual scholarships to our summer camps which introduces students to FIRST.
Our local efforts continue by working at Safe Nest to help abused women and children, as well as having our high school participate in local food drives. We also host demonstrations for children at the Discovery Museum, encouraging the youth to start their paths through FIRST.