San Jacinto Teachers’ Association supports Hemacinto Assistance League

San Jacinto Teachers’ Association president Darla Gordon, at-large representative Zoila Carillo-Garcia, treasurer Christa Slater and vice president Steve Polin present a “big” check to Hemacinto Assistance League president Kat Waters. Valley News/Courtesy photo

SAN JACINTO – It turned out to be more than a night of camaraderie and fun for the San Jacinto Teachers’ Association members at a November social event. They raised $1,400 for one of their favorite causes – the Hemacinto Assistance League – by featuring a silent auction of gift baskets prepared by each school site and a poker tournament.

“We greatly appreciate the Assistance League’s Operation School Bell project each year, where they help clothe a little over 1,700 students in the San Jacinto Valley,” SJTA president Darla Gordon, a teacher at Monte Vista Middle School, said. “Our membership really got into our fun event, which was a pleasant surprise but we’ve always been known to be supportive of our community with donations.”

Hemacinto Assistance League president Kat Waters said she was very excited to receive the “big” decorative check and a real check from SJTA while working in the “Christmas Room” at their Thrift and Consignment Shop, 180 N. Girard Street in Hemet.

“We really enjoy the ‘good chaos’ of hosting needy students at the local Walmart store, where we tell them to find $85 in clothing just for them – the looks on the children’s faces is priceless,” Waters said. “We raise funds all year long.”

Submitted by Hemacinto Assistance League.