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Future Teachers Spread Holiday Cheer to Anaheim Schoolchildren

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Cal State Fullerton students preparing to become teachers are once again spreading holiday cheer to children at Rio Vista Elementary School in Anaheim.

The Student California Teachers Association, which promotes community outreach, diversity, teacher quality and political action, held a toy drive on campus. The donated toys will be delivered to the children and their families at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the school, 310 N. Rio Vista St. The future teachers, in which many are student teaching at the school, are expecting to give toys to 50 families, including about 150 children.

“Rio Vista Elementary has a large population of very low-income families and they’ve enjoyed this event for the past several years,” said Aimee Nelson, director of CSUF’s Center for Careers in Teaching. “In some cases, the gifts the children receive from our donations are the only gifts they receive for the holidays.”   

The effort was held in partnership with Club TEACH, a CSUF student organization of future teachers who engage in community outreach and philanthropy work in local school districts, and the Yorba Linda High School baseball team, which is donating Christmas trees.   

For information, contact Nelson at 657-278-4161 or Kim Case, Elementary and Bilingual Education.