Sixteen Valley View Early Childhood Center students took a mini-field trip to two VVSD community partners Friday morning to thank them for their donations that helped make the holidays a little bit brighter for an estimated 75 families in the school district.
The students, from the Cat and Fish rooms, visited Goya Foods in Bolingbrook and FIS Global in Romeoville, taking with them “thank you” signs they created themselves.
Goya donated two large pallets of non-perishable food that was not only given to families with children in the Early Childhood Center but also to families throughout VVSD. Several items were also given to the Romeoville High School food pantry.
FIS Global employees shopped for and wrapped toys, clothing and books that were given to 35 VVECC children prior to the holidays.
“We are so very fortunate that we have such great community partners,” said VVECC social worker Gaby Becerra. “Many of the families who received their gifts wouldn’t have gotten any gifts during the holidays.”
The effort to find community partners who were willing to help VVECC families was led by Becerra, VVECC Parent Coordinator Gloria Vera and School Psychologist Courtney Boote.