On Saturday, January 30th, Valle Vista Elementary School staff and students came together to provide breakfast and activities for the residents at Valley Restart Shelter; a shelter that provides resources to the homeless in Hemet. Families were served pancakes, sausages, eggs, and a variety of juices.
A total of nine families, which includes approximately 23 children, were served. After the children ate, 12 Valle Vista students played various board and card games with the children at the shelter and helped them create a Valentine's Day art project.
"Teaching and modeling (for our students) compassion and how to actively support the needs in our local community is imperative for creating good citizens. It was beautiful to witness the overwhelming amount of enthusiasm from the students and staff to help make this breakfast happen. Additionally, we look forward to finding other opportunities to reach out more often to support our community and involve our students," stated Principal Jennifer Martin.
The Valley Restart Shelter (VRS) depends on community partners and volunteers for donations and funding. "Any time that we have an opportunity to have hot breakfast is such a treat," stated Linda Rogers, Director of VRS. "Having people who are interested in and support the shelter brings an energy that is infective; the results last for days." VRS has developed a successful program to help those that want help to get back on their feet and restart their lives. Rogers stated, "The emphasis is on families with children and the success rate is very high of having families transition into their own housing."
Thank you to our dedicated Valle Vista staff, who began preparing for the event at 6 a.m., and donated all of the food and crafts. Fifth grade teacher, Jeff VanZee, who helped cook and serve, said it was a wonderful experience and a great opportunity to help the community.