Black Cat Cantina and Reynolds High activist raise money for school-based health resources

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: LISA K. ANDERSON - Letty Nunez of Black Cat Cantina and Danielle Mund, a Reynolds High senior, are teaming up for an art benefit from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Proceeds will benefit a school-based health center or health fair at the high school.

Inspired to help her school secure more health resources, Reynolds High School senior Danielle Mund is teaming up with Letty Nunez of Black Cat Cantina for an art benefit this Friday.

“In health class, students are often reading from a book and not always retaining knowledge,” Mund said. “We want to make sexual health and health in general matter to the students.”

Specifically, Mund wants to help her school secure a school-based health center or host a comprehensive health fair in the next year with forums about bullying, drugs and alcohol, sexual health, free checkups and other resources.

Mund and Nunez are hosting the Reynolds Advocates for Health Art Show from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Black Cat Cantina, 18901 E. Burnside Road, Gresham. All proceeds will benefit a school-based health center or health fair for students. Nunez also is donating 10 percent of food and drink proccedes to the cause.

Though Mund is taking her remaining high school classes at Mt. Hood Community College, she has stayed tied to Reynolds Advocates for Health and hopes to help pave the way for broader health resources at her alma mater.

“There were friends who felt comfortable talking with me about problems or health questions,” Mund said. “I want this to be available for all youth — in high school and middle school — and for them to have the knowledge they need. It’s about access, understanding and preventive measures.”

School-based health centers are located at elementary, middle and high schools in Multnomah and surrounding counties, offering comprehensive preventive, primary and mental healthcare for school-age children.

“Let’s raise the money through art and talk about health (in schools),” Nunez said.

Thus far, the show features 25 pieces by four students and two community members. Suggested donations are $5 to $30 apiece.

Last year, Mund held a similar art show benefiting Reynolds Advocates for Health at Park Place Coffee.

For more information, call Black Cat Cantina at 503-912-3228.

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