FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 16, 2017
CONTACT: Kimberly Beare, 408-201-6024
PRESS RELEASE— August 16, 2017 — On Saturday, August 12, the MHUSD Coordinated Advocacy and Resources for Education (CARE)team welcomed families to the MHUSD District Office to receive a new pair of shoes for their children who will be starting school on Thursday. Through a grant received in March of this year from the non-profit agency My New Red Shoes, the CARE team handed out 400 pairs of new shoes to previously-identified Morgan Hill students in need. Along with a new pair of shoes, each student was also given a $50 gift card to Old Navy.
“Back to school time can be incredibly stressful for parents when money is tight,” said Linda Row, MHUSD Director of Student Services and Enrollment. “Donations like the one we received from My New Red Shoes allows us to help hundreds of students start the year off with new clothes and confidence.”
My New Red Shoes, a non-profit organization out of Redwood City, is dedicated to boosting self-confidence, educational experiences, and quality of life for Bay Area low-income and homeless children. Believing that all students should have the opportunity to start the school year on a level playing field to succeed, the organization is doing its part to help families in need.
“Our families, especially those with multiple children, were appreciative to receive the gift of shoes and a chance to shop at Old Navy,” Andrea Bird, a lead counselor for the MHUSD CARE team stated. “This is a marvelous outreach program, and it helps to build the confidence and self-esteem of our students in need. We appreciate all of the support we receive from the community for our CARE program and the grant from My New Red Shoes is a game changer for so many of our kids.”
In addition to shoes and gift cards from My New Red Shoes, the CARE team received 60 backpacks for students from the Jubilee Bridge Church. Other providers who were on hand for families included Cecelia’s Closet, Second Harvest Food Bank, Foothill Community Health Center, Morgan Hill Library, and the Healthier Kids Foundation of Santa Clara County. MHUSD also had Chromebooks available for families to apply for the free and reduced lunch program and free transportation passes.
The MHUSD CARE program was established in 2016 in response to data-driven research conducted by the District to the needs of students, grades 6-12, who fall under the criteria of homeless, foster and socio-economically disadvantaged youth. With the homeless population on the rise in Morgan Hill, this program is more important than ever and in partnership with organizations such as My New Red Shoes, the CARE Team is able to expand their reach and serve even more students in our district.