The Season of Giving in Chino Valley Schools – Superintendent’s Report

The Fall and lead into the Christmas season is my favorite time of year.  This year has been especially exciting as our community has really stepped up to help the less fortunate students and their families of the Chino Valley School District.

Right now, there are about 420 Chino Valley students that are considered homeless by federal standards.  This makes up just under 20 percent of the entire student population of the District.  Some of these students attend Chino Valley High School and have been kicked out of their home when they turned 18. Some live with their families in substandard homes, sometimes trailers, other times motel rooms.  Some families are living with other families out of financial necessity.  There are a variety of reasons why these students and their families don’t have adequate housing.

The District’s Family Resource Specialist, Laurie Marley, is tasked with helping these families with the idea that this will help increase the chances of these students succeeding in school.  This year, the District has partnered with dozens of businesses, community organizations, and individuals to help out our less fortunate families.

It all started at Thanksgiving.  This year the District in partnership with the Chino Valley Education Foundation (CVEF) had the goal to provide complete turkey dinners to as many families as possible.  The families were identified by Ms. Marley.  The Chino Valley Police Officers Association donated $750.00 along with several other individuals for a total of about $2,000.00 which allowed us to deliver 26 complete Thanksgiving meals.  The meals were delivered by District staff and CVPD officers.

The giving continued during the Christmas season.  Albertsons/Safeway corporate office donated $17,500 in gift cards to the District to give away to those in need.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated 4,000 pounds of food and dry goods for distribution.

Donations through Toys for Tots resulted in the District receiving 1,000 toys for distribution. The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and Lioness Club donated 24 Christmas trees.  The First Composite Pursuit Squadron provided 40 bicycles.  The Prescott Livestock Auction pitched in $2,500.  This is only a fraction of the donated items.

On Saturday, December 10th, the CVEF opened their popup food pantry at Heritage Middle School.  Families began lining up three hours early for an opportunity to get a Christmas ham, a Safeway gift card, and an opportunity to shop through the pantry.  There was 11,000 pounds of food distributed in less than an hour.

Lastly, the District and CVEF worked to provide 100 Bags of Hope for 100 Chino Valley High School students.  The bags were filled with food and personal hygiene items that they may need to get through the winter break.  All of the items were donated by a number of businesses and individuals.  I want to thank everyone who helped out this holiday season.

For more information about Chino Valley Schools, go to our website or visit us on Facebook at @CVSchoolsAZ.


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