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My husband and I are fortunate to be able to attend about 50 fundraisers every year. One of my favorites is the Monarch School which is a school for homeless children.
Currently, there are over 22,000 homeless students in San Diego County. Thanks to the Monarch School, the children enrolled in their programs have a chance to break the cycle of poverty through social growth, emotional support, academics, and life skill training.
Their fundraiser is held on the campus and the students give tours of the classrooms as well as their vegetable and herb garden. The students have impeccable manners and public speaking abilities – they look you in the eye, shake your hand and clearly explain to you what they are learning. The students used the tomatoes and basil from their garden to make the evening’s appetizers which they tray passed to the guests.
The dinner was held on the basketball court and the musical entertainment was of course provided by the students. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the group during the student testimonials. The impact of homelessness runs deep – children normally struggle to find the motivation to attend school each day but at the Monarch School, they feel safe, important, and have a sense of belonging.
Basic needs like a hot meal, shower and clothing that most of us take for granted, are available for the children. Other resources like mental health support, college preparation, and job training are also offered. One of the reasons why the Monarch School is so successful is that the children are on a level playing field – they don’t feel self-conscious about being homeless because all of their classmates are in a similar situation.
The children consistently and repeatedly comment that what they love most about the Monarch School is they no longer feel alone. What I love most about the Monarch School are the staff and donors who selflessly provide their time and money to give these children hope, dignity, and joy.
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