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Rancho Santa Fe Kids Korps initiates memorable ‘Acts of Kindness’ Easter event

University City High School teens paint posters for the Ronald McDonald House: Delaney Appel, Rebecca McConnell, Anna McSwiggen and Ciara Schnitzer.
University City High School teens paint posters for the Ronald McDonald House: Delaney Appel, Rebecca McConnell, Anna McSwiggen and Ciara Schnitzer.

As part of the “Act of Kindness” Kids Korps effort, five Rancho Santa Fe Roger Rowe classrooms gathered on Monday, March 26, to create Spring Easter Baskets for children at a local foster care home. The students, which included one first grade class, three second grade classes and one fifth grade class, created over 85 Spring Baskets for New Alternatives Foster Care Home.

Representatives from New Alternatives came and spoke with the students about their program and how happy they were to receive these special gifts the students made.

Parents brought in healthy snacks, treats, toys, games, stuffed animals and other spring goodies to stuff in the baskets. Each basket contained a special note that the students wrote and about 20 items that were then wrapped in cellophane and ribbon to create a unique basket for each child.

New Alternatives held a Bunny Hop in Balboa Park on Sunday, April 1, for visiting children and their parents where they distributed the baskets that the students created.

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“I was so impressed with the enthusiasm of the students who donated their time to create these baskets for our visiting families. All the students enjoyed picking out items to personalize each basket. The children even took the time to write individual cards for the visiting families. It was a great success and I hope we are able to work with the Rancho Santa Fe school district in the future,” said the New Alternatives Program Director.

New Alternatives, Incorporated is a private, nonprofit corporation that was founded in San Diego, California in 1978. The mission of New Alternatives is to provide culturally competent and family focused services to child victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment. The population served is some of San Diego’s and Orange Counties’ most vulnerable children.

Diegueno’s Kids Korps Chapter is Underway!

After school on Tuesday, Feb. 28, several families came together to make “No-Sew Blankets.” Our carefully crafted blankets will be distributed to children in Rosarito, Mexico. There is an urgent need for all kinds of supplies in this much underserved part of Mexico. Local Rotary members have been making frequent trips in conjunction with Kids Korps to deliver these needed supplies.

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This was a great opportunity for our families to get together and share in giving back to the community, and everyone had such fun making this all happen.

We cannot wait for our next Kids Korps Event!

Teens Help Out for Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Day

By Ciara Schnitzer, University City Teen Leader

The University City Teen Korps Chapter gathered at the Ronald McDonald House on Saturday, March 24, and volunteered their time painting posters for the upcoming Red Shoe Day on June 28.

Everyone had a great time getting artistic and creative. Over 800 posters are needed to advertise this big event. These charitable teens thought it was fun knowing that their efforts will help raise money for this wonderful organization that helps sick children and their families.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

WHAT: North County Community Services- Farm Gardening

WHEN: Sat. April 14 (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

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WHERE: Oceanside

WHAT: Military Food Distribution – Jewish Family Services

WHEN: Sat. April 15 (1 -4 p.m.)

WHERE: San Diego

WHAT: Kids M Power Artists Workshop

WHEN: Sat. April 21(2 – 5 p.m.)

WHERE: Solana Beach

WHAT: Interfaith Community Services – Serving Dinner

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WHEN: Sun. April 22 (4:30 -7 p.m.)

WHERE: Escondido


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