EMUHSD Pajama Drive Benefits Those Less Fortunate
by Anne Donofrio-Holter
Once again, El Monte Union High School District staff showed their generosity to others as staff, board members and consultants contributed 47 pair of pajamas in every size and color to be donated to the needy this holiday season.
Spearheaded by the District’s grant writer Martha Schirn, at the conclusion of the clothing drive just prior to Christmas, the pajamas were delivered to Lillian Rey of the El Monte/South El Monte Emergency Resources Association to be distributed to the homeless.
According to Schirn, for the past several years as the holiday season approaches, school district personnel have helped needy families in the community.
“Our thanks to everyone who gave so generously,” said Schirn. “As part of this year’s pajama donation, we provided an incentive. If we were generous, the District’s chief business official, Ryan Di Giulio, would wear pajamas to work.”
“I am extremely proud of our staff at each school site, our students and district personnel, who give repeatedly to help those less fortunate in our community in 2012,” said Nick Salerno, superintendent. “The Christmas pajama donation event has now become a tradition that helps many children and families in our community.”