By Brittanie Murch Dec 30, 2010 News No Comments
By SCOTT MARTINDALE
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
December 10, 2010



Students at Violette Elementary School in Garden Grove listen to Cambria Herrera, of Hope Christian Academy's Beta Club, read "Sharing: How Kindness Grows," by Fran Shaw, after receiving free backpacks from OneOC Friday.


JOSHUA SUDOCK, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SANTA ANA--All week, they've been learning about the importance of giving back. On Friday, they're all getting gifts.

About 2,200 backpacks filled with school supplies, books and toys are being given out Friday to first-graders at 20 high-poverty elementary schools across Orange County.

The annual donation project is organized by OneOC, formerly the Volunteer Center Orange County, which also is sending volunteers into classrooms Friday to read first-graders a story about the value of giving.

Earlier this week, OneOC's Spirit of Giving program provided instructional materials to help first-grade teachers lead classroom activities promoting sharing and kindness. The two-week program will wrap up next week.

The schools – from La Habra to San Juan Capistrano – were chosen because they have high concentrations of low-income students; at least 80 percent of students at each school receive free or reduced-price meals.

Each backpack is stuffed with school supplies, a small toy and a copy of "The Berenstain Bears Lend a Helping Hand." Every first-grader at these schools is receiving the backpack.

This is the 10th year the center has given backpacks and supplies to low-income kids in Orange County. Last year, the center selected 17 schools.

Program sponsors include Office Depot, the Gap, Change a Life Foundation, Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation, Anaheim Community Foundation, R.C. Baker Foundation, Union Bank, Ceridian and Prudential. Teacher gifts were secured from the Anaheim Ducks and author Mark Victor Hansen.

The participating schools are:

Anaheim


Esther E. Walter Elementary
Benjamin Franklin Elementary
Danbrook Elementary
Jefferson Elementary
Lord Baden Powell Elementary

Costa Mesa


College Park Elementary

Garden Grove


Skylark Elementary
Violette Elementary

Huntington Beach


Oak View Elementary

La Habra


Arbolita Elementary

Orange


Esplanade Elementary
Handy Elementary

Placentia


Melrose Elementary
San Juan Capistrano
Kinoshita Elementary

Santa Ana


John F. Kennedy Elementary
Benjamin Franklin Elementary
Diamond Elementary
Heninger Elementary
Martin Elementary

Westminster


Finley Elementary

Contact the writer: 949-454-7394 or [email protected]

tags:

Post a comment

Please correct the following: