Classmates in Need
Dec 05, 2018 08:53PM
Classmates in Need
Many Tagged as Homeless Need our Help
The Mount Diablo School District has an outreach program in place to help students who need resources to meet their basics needs such as clothing, food and shelter. While many students go about their normal day at school, some of their classmates are hungry and haven't slept. Their secret is hidden to many, but school staff work to identify and help those in need of support and services.
Nathalie Keating, a student resource technician at College Park High School and enrichment specialist with the district, states there are upwards of 1,000 high school students in need of assistance within the district, a certain population of which are officially tagged as homeless. College Park High School has over 40 enrolled students identified as in need of resources and that number keeps growing. Keating says some students come in for help, while concerned faculty and friends refer others. Their experiences range from domestic violence to loss of their home due to fire, eviction, or loss of one or both parents. The job of the outreach program is to help these students get into shelters or placed with host families and assists them in the rebuilding process through community donations of clothing, food, and gift cards.
Nathalie would like to encourage the public to consider the youth in our community during the holiday season and year-round so they get help to meet their basics needs and can focus on school and have access to the opportunities many of us take for granted.
College Park Holiday Outreach
Each year the College Park PTSA organizes a "Holiday Outreach" program for those College Park families in need of extra help. The plan is to provide each of these families with a $50 gift card to Target to assist in making their holidays special. This means our goal is $2,500, and your help is needed. Any donation amount will make a difference to these Falcon families. Last year, over $7,000 was raised thanks to the generosity of the College Park community. Funds collected during the Holiday Outreach Drive are used for the holidays and throughout the year.
To make a donation online:
- Visit https://squareup.com/store/CPHS-PTSAfor the PTSA web store.
- Scroll down to Holiday Outreach Drive and make a donation of any amount.
To make a donation by check:
- Please make a check payable to: College Park PTSA. Write "Holiday Outreach" on the memo line of your check.
- You or your child can drop it off at College Park High’s main office or
- You can mail your check to: College Park PTSA/Holiday Outreach, 201 Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.