El Monte Rotary Club Brings Christmas Joy to Magnolia Learning Center
El Monte, CA – As part of their holiday outreach, the El Monte Rotary Club provided lunch and Christmas gifts for students at the Magnolia Learning Center (MLC). The festive holiday luncheon included a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus who arrived in an impressive 25’ sleigh. The Rotarians, students and other special guests at the celebration were treated to a puppet show put on by MLC students.
Pastor Gil De La Rosa, from New Hope Church, and Rotary Club member visited MLC and volunteered his time and equipment two times a week for four weeks to teach puppet skills to students. The student puppeteers proudly displayed their new skills as they performed three skits on making positive choices.
“We are so grateful to Pastor Gil for investing his time in our students,” said Terri Thomas, MLC administrator. “The kids absolutely love him and have learned so much from him. They are really enjoying the opportunity to perform and are have really exceled at it.”
After the puppet show, Santa and Mrs. Claus passed out Christmas stockings filled with gifts to the students.
“We are so happy to be here to celebrate the holidays with you,” said Cesar Mare, Rotary Club president. “We provide a lunch every year to one of our community’s schools and we appreciate the opportunity to be here today at Magnolia Learning Center,” he added.
The McDonald’s lunch was provided by Bob and Robin Sanchez who own the El Monte and South El Monte McDonald’s.
“All of us at MLC are grateful to the Rotary Club for their continued support of our school and programs,” said Thomas. “They are truly a service club who goes above and beyond to provide support to the community and for today’s event we’d like to also acknowledge the Wayne C. Clayton Foundation, the Credit Union of Southern California’s “Helping Hands”, Valley Vista Services, Oliver Mujica, James Acevedo and Michael Ramirez for their outpouring of support.”
Eddie Zuniga, Rotary member encouraged the students to serve their community by getting involved in a service club and when they are older to look into joining the Rotary Club.
“Service above self is our motto and it’s never too early to start to serve others,” he said. “You can volunteer your time and help others in a variety of ways. When you get to high school find out what service clubs they have and join. It’s very rewarding to serve and be a part of an organization like Rotary.”
In addition to the El Monte Rotary Club, MLC has been blessed by many individuals and organizations and would like to express their gratitude to Costco for a $25.00 gift certificate, Detective Larry Fry who arranged a donation from Walmart of Baldwin Park of eight boxes of discontinued items such as notebooks, journals, decorative tape, hall passes, pens, change purses, magnetic note pads, and printing paper that are used in MLC’s weekly raffle for good behavior, the Kiwanis Club for a donation of spiral notebooks, pencils, pens, and erasures, as well as Thanksgiving baskets along with the South El Monte Outreach, and Shakey’s Pizza and Fresh and Easy Market for fundraising opportunities.