For more than 25 years, Pacifica High School has hosted its Adopt-A-Child program pairing high school seniors with elementary students from low-income families. This year’s event will serve students from Woodbury, Riverdale, Eisenhower, and Lawrence elementary schools.
“This is a popular event because it allows our high school seniors the opportunity to give back to younger children from their own community,” said Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education Vice President Teri Rocco. “It is always heartwarming to see the smiles on the faces of the high school students and their adopted children.”
The senior class, school clubs, and ASB transform the gym into Santa’s Village, and even the maintenance staff joins in on the fun becoming Santa’s helpers for the day as they help put together toys for the children. During the event, high school students provide holiday gifts to each of the adopted preschool and kindergarten students.