A special shoutout goes to the incredible members of El Monte High School’s Leos and Laurels Clubs for their outstanding volunteer work during this year’s Santa Anita Park Derby Day 5k Walk/Run on April 6th! These students truly went above and beyond, making a significant impact on the success of the event.

Now, let me fill you in on what Derby Day at the Santa Anita Race Track is all about. Picture this—a thrilling annual horse racing extravaganza held in Arcadia, California. It’s a magnet for racing enthusiasts, bettors, and spectators who can’t resist the allure of thoroughbred racing. The star of the show is the highly-anticipated Santa Anita Derby, a top-tier Grade I stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses. It’s a stepping stone for those aiming to compete in the iconic Kentucky Derby.

So, who are these Leos and Laurels Clubs? Well, they are service clubs at El Monte High School that focus on community service and leadership development. These clubs give students the chance to dive into volunteer activities, hone their leadership skills, and make a positive impact in their communities.

Now, let’s get back to the Santa Anita Park Derby Day 5k Walk/Run. The Leos and Laurels Club members stepped up big time, showcasing their dedication and selflessness. They took charge of various tasks, helping the event run like a well-oiled machine.
You can imagine the chaos that comes with organizing a 5k Walk/Run, but these students handled it like pros. They communicated race instructions, answered questions with ease, and were generally great amabassadors of the great sport and El Monte High School.

Thanks in part to the dedication of the Leos and Laurels Club members, the Santa Anita Park Derby Day 5k Walk/Run was an absolute triumph. Their commitment to community service and leadership shined, leaving a lasting impact on both the participants and the community as a whole.

These students are a true inspiration, exemplifying the power of community engagement and the positive change that dedicated individuals can bring about. Their selfless commitment to service sets an example for future generations, encouraging others to get involved and make a difference in their own communities.

(Photo Courtesy El Monte Union High School District)