Kermit Koontz Education Complex student Jesus Lopez’s project to provide free transportation to children who wish to visit their incarcerated parents won him this year’s Fresno Elks Lodge Mt. Olympus Challenge.
Lopez was inspired to help others who are like him — his father has been incarcerated since he was 12 and hardly knows him. Lopez won $750 in cash and an iPad with data connection for six months.
Freddy Chavez and Genaro Marquez — also from Kermit Koontz Education — placed second and third in the competition, which was organized by the Fresno County Office of Education. Both received cash prizes.
The competition was part of a 12-week course aimed to teach the importance of giving back to the community.