Students and Staff Helping Others This Holiday Season

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The holiday spirit is in full swing at Sacramento City Unified schools! Thank you to all of our staff, students and families that are offering a hand up to those in need in our community this holiday season. We want to recognize and celebrate the many efforts and people in our district that have organized giving back events such as canned food drives, toy drives and sock drives.

Here are some highlights of efforts in our district to give back this holiday season:

Pacific Elementary Students Help The Homeless Stay Warm 

Several Pacific Pumas joined forces and asked their Principal if they could do something to help the homeless by providing them with the basic necessity, warm socks. This is how Pacific Elementary Sock Drive was born. The school teamed up with the Pacific Mens Leadership Academy (MLA) to make this possible.

Their project has grown, with all SCUSD Mens Leadership Academy groups conducting a sock drive. To date they have collected two boxes of Socks at Pacific, one box of socks from Sac High MLA and another box of socks coming from the MLA Health Profession. The socks will go to Loaves and Fishes on MLK day of service, Daughters of Zion Church Winter Sanctuary Program, and the students plan to drop off some socks to the homeless in the downtown area with their family during the holiday break. 

West Campus Toy and Clothing Drive

For a second year in a row, students from West Campus High School collected toys and clothing items to help those less fortunate. The toys will go to low-income children that would otherwise not be able to get a gift this holiday season.

Operation Warm Clothing Drive to Benefit SCUSD’s Homeless Students and Families

The district office is collecting new and gently used warm weather gear for SCUSD’s homeless students and families. Jackets, hats, gloves and blankets can be donated through January 26th for SCUSD Homeless Services program which supports the enrollment, attendance and achievement of homeless students to ensure they receive equal access to educational opportunities. 

Download Operation Warm Donation Guidelines

Mark Twain Elementary Students Receive Computers for Christmas

Students at Mark Twain Elementary School received new computers thanks to West Campus Student Demetrius Marshall. Demetrius along with his parents decided to collect funds to buy new computers for the students. While tutoring at the school, Demetrius saw the need for new computers and decided to take action by working hard and asking for donations to help bring these computers to the kids.

To hear all about their efforts watch the full story on Good Day Sacramento

Woodbine Community Donates Gifts to Families

The Woodbine Elementary Community and Walgreens were able to collect close to 300 toys for their 1st Annual Holiday Workshop event.

During this event, parents were able to come in to the Woodbine Student Support Center and pick out one toy for each child in their household. They had close to 50 families that were able to bring toys home for the holidays.

The event included a gift-wrapping station (that included hot coffee and pan dulce) so that parents could wrap and have their gift ready to go directly under their tree.

West Campus High School Collects 8,000 Cans for Food Drive

Students managed to collect 8,000 cans for their food drive. The cans will go to help homeless women who are pregnant and who also have children who have to feed during the holidays. Watch the full story here.

SEIU, Local 1021 Food Drive Collects 1,435 Pounds of Food

This is the 10th year SEIU has undertaken a canned food drive. Last year they collected more than 600 pounds of canned goods and $160 in financial donations. Ian Arnold, SEIU’s Field Representative, reported that SEIU exceeded last year’s total by collecting 1,435 pounds of food as well as cash contributions. SEIU collected significantly more than last year’s total of 600 pounds.

We are very proud of all the efforts to give back to our community. Thank you!