Thursday, September 15, 2011

Local students receive backpacks with school supplies at Los Angeles City Hall

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Council of Los Angeles and the Catholic Schools Consortium awarded backpacks filled with school supplies on Monday to 24 elementary age students from eight inner city Catholic Schools in the Tom Bradley Tower of Los Angeles City Hall.

The event included a few words from Councilmember Ed Reyes of the First Council District, who hosted the event, and Councilmember Tom LaBonge of the Fourth Council District, and a special lunch for students, their parents and school administrators.

Councilmember Reyes spoke about his days as a boy and how similar they were to many of the young people in the room, while Councilmember LaBonge shared about the impact St. Vincent de Paul’s Circle V Ranch Camp had on him as a boy years earlier.

Prior to receiving their backpacks from St. Vincent de Paul President Claire Padama, school administrators briefly highlighted their student’s achievements in school and how deserving they were of this recognition, especially in a time when personal economic hardship had hit many of the children’s families.

David Fields, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul, told the students, “We congratulate every boy and girl in this room. Continue to work hard in school for there is no limit to where your dreams may take you one day.”

The students participating in this event represented the following Catholic elementary schools that serve children from pre-school through the 8th grade: Nativity, St. Eugene, St. Odilia, Holy Name of Jesus, Immaculate Conception, St. Turibius, Ascension and SS. Peter and Paul.

The Society, in conjunction with Office Depot and Feed The Children, donated the backpacks and school supplies.

Photo: St. Vincent de Paul President Claire Padama presents a backpack to a student during St. Vincent de Paul's Backpack Awards Luncheon at Los Angeles City Hall.

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