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250 Norwalk High Students Raise $10,000 for 10 Charities in Three Weeks

Renteria’s best friend, Senior Jesse Lotts, asked Renteria to tell his story to show why Make-A-Wish Foundation should be one of the 10 charities this year.
“Make-A-Wish enriches the children’s life experiences for them to continue fighting back,” Lotts, 18, said. “I wouldn’t have been able to meet my best friend without Make-A-Wish.”

Other winners include organizations that provide support for people battling mental illness, suicide prevention efforts and veterans.

“I am so proud of the students who really took the time to understand the charity they chose and found an organization that gave the most back to the community,” NLMUSD Board of Education President Karen Morrison said. “They are strengthening valuable social responsibility traits that they will carry for the rest of their lives.”

Over the last four years, Norwalk High seniors have donated over $45,000 to more than 40 charities. With the exception of guidance from their advisors, students run the Charity for Charities event.

“This has become a really wonderful tradition for our whole school,” Principal Ryan Smith said. “It’s great to see our students give back to the community. I am so proud of our students who took it upon themselves to do this.”

The seniors and staff who nominated this year’s 10 charities are as follows:

• Mary Navalta – Doctors Without Borders
• Alondra Aguilar – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Los Angeles
• Jesse Lotts and Robert Renteria – Make-A-Wish of Greater Los Angeles
• Pablo Gonzalez and Richard Martinez – Semper Fi Fund
• Brenae Seals and Briana Nevarez – United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties
• Victoria Lopez – Mental Health America
• Silvia Lopez – AMVETS National Service Foundation
• Jordan Hernandez, Brittanie Richard, Ethan Barnum, Richie Marroquin and Juan Herrera – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
• Patty Yarbrough (staff) – Cancer Research Institute
• Ken Cook (staff) – Wounded Warriors Family Support

“Norwalk High School seniors are an example of the caliber of students who graduate with the compassion and generosity to give back to their communities,” NLMUSD Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian said. “They not only recognize the issues that mean the most to them, but are ready to take action and contribute their time to help others in need.”