Twin Lakes Students Raises $27,800 for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

by M. Earle, Mountain View School District
Students at Twin Lakes School in the Mountain View School District recently participated in a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) community service project by sending online Halloween cards to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Students wrote a personal note in the cards to help make Halloween a little more spook-tacular for a special child at the hospital. The cards were printed by the hospital staff and hand-delivered to patients.
As an added bonus, an anonymous benefactor donated $1 for each card that was sent. Over the course of a week, Twin Lakes students sent over 27,800 cards which equates to a donation of over $27,800.
“The number of cards that the students sent was overwhelming and very unexpected,” said Dr. Shane Muetzel, Principal. “We’re really looking forward to building on this great start and providing more opportunities for our students to participate in outreach and share their kindness with others.”
Destiny Santos, a seventh grader was motivated to participate in the project because she wanted to help others.
“I thought about what if I were in the hospital and that made me want to help,” she said. Eighth grader, Anna Hua also was happy to support the outreach.
“I wanted to help raise money for the hospital and it was pretty easy to do,” she said.
Twin Lakes will continue to offer outreach opportunities for students to participate in as part of the school’s PBIS program.
“We’re so proud of what our students have accomplished but we’re even more proud of their generosity in doing something special for other children whom they’ll never meet,” said Maria McCullough, Dean of Instruction.

Payne Panthers Dig Reading
Payne School in the Mountain View School District held a Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) event themed “I Dig Reading” complete with bull dozer and construction props for the Transitional Kindergarten through 6th grade students to enjoy while they selected their new book for their home library.
Sharing that the road to success is always under construction, the school’s Community Liaison, Nellie Huerta, along with parent volunteers and Pax the Builder put on a show for the students.
Payne School is definitely building a community of enthusiastic readers!

Menudo Breakfast Fundraiser

Mountain View School District’s annual Menudo Breakfast is back
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for 2021 with a Drive-Thru event set for Saturday, December 11 from 8 to 11 am at Twin Lakes School.
Tickets are $5 per 15-ounce container of delicious, home-made menudo and are available for purchase at all eight MVSD schools. This is a presale ticketed event only so be sure to purchase your tickets soon. Proceeds from the Menudo Breakfast benefit a variety of school programs. For more information please call 626-652-4971.