For most teenagers, the beginning of another school year marks the end of summer and is not a day many look forward to with eagerness. Members of Friends of San Pasqual Academy made starting school fun for the 150 foster teens of San Pasqual Academy with their “Back-To-School” event, held on the campus of San Pasqual Academy. The foster students affectionately call this event “Shop’Til You Drop Day.”
Upon entering the auditorium, each student was greeted by many Friends of Pasqual Academy volunteers and given a shopping bag. The students began their “Shopping Spree.” Each student was given a gift card from Target that will be used towards purchasing school supplies. Road Runner Sports, for the ninth consecutive year, donated 175 pairs of brand new athletic shoes. The students enjoyed picking out their quality shoes that had been selected by Michael and Fiona Gotfredson, owners of Road Runner Sports. The students loved selecting many of these products to take back to their dorm room.
Teri Summerhays, board member of Friends of San Pasqual Academy, collected hundreds of school supply items through the efforts of both Solana Santa Fe School, National Charity League members and many other generous individuals. Brand new notebooks, pencils, pens, paper, folders, markers, rulers, protractors, calculators and other supplies were distributed to the delighted students. The Rotary Club of Escondido collected over 100 backpacks for the foster teens. Friends of San Pasqual Academy purchased athletic shorts for each student. Larry and Nina Williams donated suits that the boys greatly appreciated. Carol Tager purchased many interesting books and others donated clothing to the foster teens. It was amazing to witness the enthusiasm of each student that selected items necessary for the school year. They certainly will be well-prepared, due to the efforts of many donors!
According to Kathy Lathrum, board member of Friends of San Pasqual Academy, “We want to thank the many wonderful individuals, Road Runner Sports, National Charity League members and Solana Santa Fe School for making this event so successful and memorable for all our foster teens. These kids, for the most part, do not have anyone purchasing school supplies or clothing items for them to begin the school year. We do this for our own children and it is great to see so many caring people do this same thing for these wonderful foster teens.” According to Teri Summerhays, “It was overwhelming to see the quantity of items donated out of kindness and generosity to students of San Pasqual Academy. These foster teens are always so amazed of the caring and support they receive from this community and want to convey their sincere feeling of gratitude and say ‘thank you’ for caring so much about them. They really do feel our support and appreciate the time and effort of all our volunteers. We certainly made this school year begin with an event they will remember. Thank you for making this such a success!”
Friends of San Pasqual Academy is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that supports the foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. Any questions, please contact (858) 759-3298 for more information or visit www.friendsofsanpasqualacademy.org. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 8202, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.