This year marks the fourth time K to College donated school supply kits to Los Angeles school kids as part of UCLA’s Annual Volunteer Day. Special guests included State Senator Kevin de León, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, and UCLA Chancellor Gene Block.
The press release below is from the UCLA Newsroom (September 26, 2015):
More than 7,000 UCLA volunteers help across Los Angeles
Annual Volunteer Day tradition lends a hand at 48 sites around the city
On Saturday, more than 7,000 Bruins volunteered across Los Angeles, providing an estimated 38,000 hours of service to the region’s schools, veterans, homeless shelters and more.
Over 600 organizers and approximately 6,500 new freshmen and transfer students lent a hand at 48 sites for UCLA’s seventh annual Volunteer Day, an event that kicks off the academic career of almost every new Bruin.
Projects included mural painting and beautification at schools and shelters; distribution of school supplies and dental hygiene kits; restoration of nature trails; landscaping; technology tutoring with seniors; and interactive activities with school children.
Chancellor Gene Block joined volunteers at some of the sites, speaking at Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center and Second Street Elementary School. New students bonded, getting to know each other on bus rides to their volunteer sites, while painting or over shovels, and many shared their experiences on social media with the hashtag #BruinsGiveBack. They returned to campus to enjoy the first ServeFest, where they could meet with and join the many service organizations on campus and continue volunteering year-round.
“Their excitement continued all through the day – from the arrival of the UCLA students, the Chancellor, doing interactive games with the UCLA students, and finally the assembly….Watching the smiles of the children as they went up on the stage to get their supply bags was like Christmas.” – Ed Simon
“I can’t begin to express my gratitude for what UCLA did for my school community this weekend. It was a transformational day for my students and staff alike. UCLA left more than murals and new paint; you left my students and families with hopes and dreams. Listening to minority leaders such as Kevin de Leon from the State Senate and Assembly Member, Miguel Santiago address students and their families was extremely empowering.” – Cristina Munoz 2nd Street Elementary School, Principal”