Thursday, March 31, 2016

North Monterey County High students headed for WE conference in Los Angeles

Fourty-four students from the North Monterey County High School Castroville Teen Leadership Council service club have been invited as special guests to attend the WE Day event on April 7 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

The WE Schools program aims at inspiring students to solve problems beyond their campuses. WE schools come together during "WE Day," a massive pep rally where thousands of students hear inspirational stories and get pumped up to create their own changes.

The club "has truly embodied the spirit of WE" said club advisor, Yvette Padilla. "The student group has dedicated their time to tackling several issues, both local and global."

The club collected blankets to donate to animals in need through the SPCA. The group has also been donating their time to feed people in need through a local shelter, volunteering to wrap gifts for children in need over the holidays, and running youth leadership activities for local low-income children. The group also worked to raise awareness about Spina Bifida in honor of one of their teacher's child.

The group is also committed to making changes globally, Padilla said. They have decided to fundraise to support education in Nicaragua, and have already hosted a bake sale and are currently working on a coin drive.

"These students are excited to continue their support for local and global causes throughout the rest of the year," Padilla said.

To enhance the WE Day conference experience, district officials have coordinated educational tours of Southern California college campuses, including University of Los Angeles and Mount Saint Mary’s College. A panel presentation by local educational leaders is planned for the 44 students who will be attending.

Have a safe and fun trip, guys and gals! Let us know how it went!

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