La Merced Elementary Honors 37 Students for Raising Funds to Support School Programs


La Merced Elementary honored 37 students on February 20 for their exemplary participation in the annual PTA fundraiser, which supports educational programs throughout the school.

To kick off the fundraiser, every student at La Merced attended a special assembly on “The History of Flight,” which was aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Students who raised the most funds were honored at the school and treated to a limousine ride and lunch at Chuck E Cheese's.

“Students went above and beyond in their efforts to support the school, and we are so proud of each of our students,” Principal Rebecca Castro said. “Through this fundraiser, and with the help of our dedicated parents, teachers and staff, we are able to give back to our programs while encouraging engagement within the community.”

Funds raised this year will support educational field trips, the Reflections Arts Program, Red Ribbon Week, the Student-of-the-Month Program, the Tooth Fairy Chest Program, anti-bullying assemblies, and La Merced’s Winter Holidays Literacy Support Program, which provides books to students during the winter break.

“We sincerely thank each parent who supports our PTA and gets involved by participating in our enriching school programs,” said La Merced PTA President Rosalind Young. “It makes a difference in the life of each child.”

The Transitional Kindergarten through second-grade students recognized for their fundraising efforts were: Isaiah Angel, Savanah Arviso, Amanda Banuelos, Makayla Betancourt, Vicente Cisneros, Aaden Cortez, Natalie Figueroa, Sofia Fragoso, Grace Gallardo, Esiquiel Garzon, Christopher Gonzalez, Gael Gonzalez, Dominic Lopez, Natalia Montes De Oca, Victoria Terrazas and Steven Young. 

Third- through fifth-grade students honored were: Logan Aceves, Erik Carbajal, Daniel Castillo Lalyre, Rudy Gomez, Enzo Gonzalez, Gabriela Gonzalez, Nicole Gutierrez, Charity Mallak, Evelyn Martinez, Silvana Martinez, Marilou Mata, Nohelie Montes De Oca, Tyler Muro, Emelie Nuno, Hrach Oganesyan, Nayati Ramirez, Christian Rodriguez, Elisa Rodriguez, Timothy Robles, Tyler Santos and Gisela Valdivia.

“La Merced students are learning to promote community and school spirit by giving back to programs and enhancing their school learning environment,” MUSD Superintendent of Schools Cleve Pell said. “We are so proud of their dedication in supporting their school, which we believe will continue as they grow older.”

La Merced is one of two elementary schools in the Montebello School District, along with Winter Gardens, that provides academic instruction in two languages through its Dual Language Enrichment Program. The program develops bilingualism and biliteracy in English and a second language by integrating English learners with English speakers.

The school also boasts a Garden of Peace maintained by students and staff that was dedicated in December 2014 with strong support from the Sherwood Foundation and the District. 

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