New Shoes for the New School Year

September 1st, 2017 – For the third consecutive year, the Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC) donated shoes for every student in the Rafer Johnson School SEAL Program.

The BBRC is very active in providing community service, and is also characterized by supporting educational endeavors. Eight years ago, the Rotarians adopted the Rafer Johnson School as a beneficiary of projects that support student learning.

“We like to support children in their education and their emotional growth. We know that some of the students come from a disadvantaged background and we want them to be able to enjoy the first part of the school year with a new pair of shoes,” said Denise Haynes, President of the BBRC.

The students took a morning field trip to WSS shoe store where they had the opportunity to select their favorite design and color of their footwear. “The students were really excited to be at the store. Some of them had shoes that were used last school year, so it is nice to be able to give them a new pair for the new school year,” said Liz Gonzalez, Coordinator, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Programs of BCSD.

“These kids are so great. I love all the students at Rafer Johnson School. The BBRC has been involved in different projects with them providing school supplies, after school parties, and Christmas with Santa,” said Susan Searey, Treasurer of the Rotary Foundation.

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Liz Gonzalez and Ed O’Donnell, Director of Youth Services at BBRC.

BBRC President-Elect Ron Nelms changes shoes for a student.

Susan Searey (left) and Shalana Hamilton, Instructional Assistant-Behavior Management (right) checking the correct size of the shoes.

Isela Jimenez, Instructional Assistant-Behavior Management.

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