Spaghetti feed helps kids

By From page A8 | February 25, 2014

I would like to publicly acknowledge the efforts of Jesse Ortiz, and his partners, for coordinating a countywide fundraising event to help support the activities of our homeless and foster youth. Ortiz’s spaghetti feed efforts raised several thousand dollars so our disadvantaged youth could participate in a variety of school activities that a typical family would support.

The Yolo County Office of Education supports the immediate needs of students to enroll in schools, but with approximately 1,000 students needing help, there just aren’t enough local funds for every student.¬†Two students who spoke praised their Office of Education specialists for ensuring that students received something as simple as cleats in order to play football.

It’s so appreciated to work with Ortiz, an individual who supports our Yolo youths, ensuring that students don’t feel left out and have support to meet their goals. Ortiz was able to pull together several partners who assisted in this effort and we appreciate the teamwork involved: Anna Vernon, Community Partner, Davis Odd Fellows, the Woodland Elks Lodge and Yolo County Board of Education trustees.

I commend the team who gave of their time and for the community’s support!

Gayle McLevich
Yolo County Office of Education, Woodland

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