High school graduation time can be full of excitement, complex decisions and many transitions. For seniors who are homeless or living in foster care, it can also be a stressful time with much angst.
Volunteers with the Assistance League of North County Inland (ALNCI) have stepped forward to provide support and encouragement to those reaching this milestone as they prepare to move into their own apartments or dorm rooms.
Thirty-four special students from throughout the Escondido Union High School District (EUHSD) will each be receiving a 33-inch rolling duffle bag filled with useful items. The overflowing bags include such things as dinnerware, crockpot, kitchen tools, a personal blender, microwave oven, tool kit, bath towels, bedding and a first aid kit. In addition, each student will receive a gift card to the Assistance League Thrift and Consignment Shop to personally select a few more essentials. Funds raised for this project were a direct result of proceeds from the thrift/consignment shop, as well as generous donations from Assistance League members.
The Assistance League has been donating duffel bags to foster youth at San Pasqual Academy since 2003 and EUHSD is pleased to now be a part of this important program. Currently, 165 district students are identified as homeless, or living in transition, including 63 in the Class of 2019.
Steve Boyle, EUHSD Superintendent said, “We greatly appreciate the Assistance League’s willingness to step forward and help our deserving students who have already faced many hardships in their young lives. Thanks to the gifts from the Assistance League, 34 students are well prepared to begin the next phase of life. More importantly, the students received the gift of knowing others care about them.”