By Staff Reports
(Victorville)—Last week, Taylion Academy’s Student Council in Victorville concluded their holiday Canned Food and Clothing Drive, as they donated multiple boxes of food and clothing to the High Desert Homeless Services.
The Student Council had been running the drive throughout November and December. Students, parents and community members all came together to help out for the holidays. For many, the holidays can be an incredibly difficult time. Many of the Student Council members know just how hard this season can be firsthand.
“When I was about 9 years old, we didn’t have money to even pay the water in our house,” said Taylion Academy student Danny Ramirez. “It was a really rough time for me and my family. I would have to wear clothes from the previous year- I had a huge growth spurt that year, so a lot of the clothes didn’t fit me. I never got the chance to go and get clothes from a clothing drive myself, but the fact that I am able to give something, even just a little, to someone else who may need it? It feels really good, it’s a very necessary thing for our community.”
Student Autumn Warner knows about the difficulty of the holiday season as well, having moved from Kansas with her family in search of a better life. “We left all of my family back in Kansas, it has been really hard. I have four other siblings and we have been through some rough times. We went to drives before, but we didn’t really get enough clothes since we have such a big family. It feels good to give back because the drives helped my family and I so much.”
Cierra Rivera, who has been a longstanding member of the Student Council, knew the need firsthand as well. “For me, it was hard for me and my parents, it was hard to buy clothes and stuff,” said Rivera. “Now, giving back to help others in the community is a great feeling.”
The clothes were donated to the High Desert Homeless Services in Victorville, which is just down the street from the charter school.
Students spread the word of the drive by word of mouth, social media, and even on local radio stations Y-102 and Kat Country. The donations were made in two loads, as the overwhelming response called for a donation at the beginning of the month as well.
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About Taylion Academy
Taylion Academy is a free public charter school serving grades K-12. With programs in Independent Study, Home School and Virtual School, Taylion has a program to meet every students needs. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Taylion has locations in Victorville, Adelanto, and San Bernardino.
For more information on Taylion, visit www.taylion.com.