DOWNEY - An online video titled "Caine's Arcade," in which a boy built his own arcade from cardboard boxes he found in his dad's garage, inspired students at Downey High School.Ms. Jeanette Hernandez' marketing class decided to have a fundraising event by building their own arcades. At 25 cents per game, approximately $100 was raised during their lunch hour to benefit the Downey Unified School District's TLC Center. The event was promoted throughout the school and as word got out, school board members Nancy Swenson, Martha Sodetani and Bobbie Samperi, as well as TLC coordinator Luz Perez, participated. Dr. Robert Jagielski, director of student services for DUSD, oversees the TLC program and expressed appreciation to Hernandez and her students. "This event made us feel supported by everyone, from the students we serve to the DUSD board members. It was great," Jagielski said. "We are always appreciative of all efforts made to raise funds for TLC," said Perez. "However, I think you will agree that it's truly something special when students step in to support this program. TLC is here to help students in need, yet we survive with the help of students. What a beautiful thing." TLC provides support services such as free physicals, vision services, counseling, insurance enrollment and other resources to eligible uninsured or underinsured DUSD students. For more information, call (562) 904-3577.
********** Published: October 11, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 26