Teen Volunteers in Action assist Monarch School students

James Foster, TVIA member and sophomore at Francis Parker School, loaded his mother’s SUV with over 30 bags of gently-used clothing and helped deliver the donations to The Monarch School. The donations were collected in November and delivered to The Monarch School in early December, in time for the holidays and the cold weather.

The Monarch School in downtown San Diego serves K-12 students impacted by poverty and homelessness. Joel Garcia, principal of The Monarch School, addressed teens from the local chapter of Teen Volunteers in Action in September. His comments moved many TVIA boys to further assist the Monarch students (see caption with photo above).

In addition, an article in this newspaper on Garcia’s presentation prompted a local benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous to donate $50,000 to the school.

TVIA is an organization of young men in grades 7-12 who, together with their families, participate in structured programs of volunteerism, philanthropy and personal development.

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