District members, school officials, and volunteers from both John Glenn and SEA, gathered together in association with Community Schools on Thursday, November 18, kicking off John Glenn High School’s first Food Drive.
Starting at around 3 pm, numerous cars were already lined up to receive food. The John Glenn Community Schools program teamed up with Norwalk city officials and public safety distributing bags alongside the food boxes. 300 boxes were ready to be given to families.
As the cars pulled into the school, they were all given the opportunity to sign up for the CalFresh program. This would provide families with monthly nutritional food needs. The event started at 4 pm and lasted until 6 pm.
All 300 boxes were successfully distributed to families in need. The success of this event has encouraged The Community Schools program to do another food drive in the spring.
Through this event, John Glenn was able to help families–not just in Norwalk, but in neighboring cities too. Special thanks to all the volunteers and staff that helped support Community Schools as they change the lives of others.
You might have seen all the new activities being offered at John Glenn, like the new Margaret’s Place set up in Room 303, and the reorganization of the 300 building to be exclusive to counseling services. Our school has teamed up with the Los Angeles County Office of Education to become a Community School.
Community Schools like ours get access to new outlets of support for students and their parents and families, such as counseling and wellbeing centers. As a Community School, our professionals help families with COVID-19 testing and vaccination information, assistance for homelessness and hunger, tenant’s rights and housing rights, Medicare/Medical assistance, property tax and financial questions, funeral assistance, and so much more.
One exciting idea is the potential opening of an Eagles xChange Store, a thrift store concept whereby students can both donate items of need like clothing and also purchase items they need. All proceeds would go toward helping the Community School. Students can even volunteer to work in the Eagles xChange Store. Plans are currently in development.
If students would like to get involved in spreading awareness about or volunteering for Community Schools, they should contact Ms. Frances Valdez at F.Valdez@nlmusd.org or call (562) 390-0780 to ask about joining the Student Advisory Council, where students and parents alike are able to input their opinion and change the school in a positive way. There is a link to the Community School resources located on our school website, JGHS.org, and you can follow the JGHS/SEA Parent Partnership Center on Instagram @jgseaparentpartnershipcenter.