On Friday, February 1st, Students needing corrective lenses on the campus of Crenshaw High School, were given the opportunity to receive free vision screenings and glasses. The event was spearheaded by Sharon Dean, Coordinator for Healthy Start. Sharon teamed up with Vision to Learn and provided free vision screenings for all students. The large number of eye glasses that were given to Crenshaw Scholars, talks about LAUSD’s commitment to ensure all students have access to health care.
As part of our vision and wellness outreach; students, staff and parents were given a mini concert by rapper, producer, actor and philanthropist Master P. As well as, rapper/actor Romeo provided a wonderful live performance on the campus of Crenshaw High School and later distributed the free eye glasses to students.
Healthy Start is designed to serve students, families and the community on a daily basis. “We give, because we care.”
On Friday, November 17, 2017, the principal at Gage Middle School, Cesar Quezada, asked his school’s Healthy Start Coordinator, Jaime Urbina, to help support a family who tragically had recently lost their home due to a fire. There were a total of 31 individuals living in the residence, of which 18 were LAUSD students. Mr. Urbina was able to support the family by providing them with 10 Thanksgiving food boxes donated by Kaiser Permanente. In addition, on Friday, December 22, 2017, Mr. Urbina, in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, coordinated a special Christmas event for the family at Gage Middle School. The entire family received Laker’s and Dodger’s sports merchandise, and the 18 students each received ten new toys and a new bicycle. In total, this past Christmas season, Mr. Urbina coordinated five major Christmas events distributing over 1,400 donated toys, food, and bicycles to students from Gage Middle School and Miles Avenue EL. His partners include Kaiser Permanente, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Fire Department and law enforcement agencies. Mr. Urbina’s dedication and passion for helping his families is admirable, and we are proud to have him as part of the Wellness Programs Healthy Start Program.
Yolanda Arranda, Wellness Programs Healthy Start Navigator, partnered with the Assistance League of San Pedro and Old Navy stores to provide $100 vouchers to 100 Dana Middle School students. Students and their parents were invited to shop at the Old Navy store in the Del Amo Mall on September 30th and October 7th. Both Saturdays were a huge success and filled with excitement, as students were able to shop for much needed clothing and shoes for school. Healthy Start looks forward to continuing their partnership with the Assistance League and Old Navy Stores to bring much needed resources to LAUSD students.
On November 16, 2017, Operation Gobble held their annual Thanksgiving Day food basket giveaway. The Carson Healthy Start Cluster, led by Maritsa Adkins, Healthy Start Navigator, collaborated with several of our community and school-based partners to distribute over 200 Thanksgiving dinner baskets to our most underserved families throughout the City of Carson. We are appreciative of all our partners who supported in the efforts in making this a true day of Thanksgiving. Special thanks are given to Kristie Garrison, Healthy Start Coordinator, The Rotary Club (Carson, Dominguez, Gardena), Andeavor Corporation, Carson Child Guidance Program and the Inter-Act student volunteer group from Gardena High School.
Healthy Start thanks each volunteer for making a difference in the lives of our families.
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