Alex Bartolo, a 6th grade student at Glenknoll Elementary School, and his mother, Lisa, decided to assist the McKinney Vento students of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District once again.
Together, the mother-son duo organized a school supplies drive and collected items from a variety of community members and organizations. As a result, they were able to donate a large quantity of items and spent several hours at the District’s Family Resource Center in order to fill backpacks with all of the donated supplies.
This is not the first time Alex and his mother have organized a school supplies drive in benefit of PYLUSD families. Last school year, Alex spearheaded a similar movement with the help of friends, family, teachers, and community members.
Jon Matson, PYLUSD McKinney Vento Liaison, expressed his gratitude to the Bartolos and families like theirs saying, “We are so fortunate that people from our own community offer assistance and help to our less fortunate families. We are truly lucky to receive these much needed gifts of school supplies.”
McKinney Vento is a federal program for students who are living in transitional situations such as doubled or tripled up with other families for economic reasons, or living in homeless shelters, campgrounds, or cars.