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Low-income Rowland Unified students outfitted for school by local companies

Low-income Rowland Unified students outfitted for school by local companies

Children participate in Home Depot craft workshops during Aldabella Scarpa’s annual Shoe Giveback Event providing shoes for 300 girls in need at Villacorta Elementary School in La Puente on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The girls are selected from Villacorta, Northam and Hurley Elementary Schools in La Puente and are given designer shoes, backpacks filled with school supplies and haircuts from Supercuts in addition to the Home Depot workshops. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/San Gabriel Valley Tribune) 

Local companies gathered Friday to help low-income girls get ready for the new school year in Rowland Unified. The generous gifts included new shoes, backpacks, school supplies and haircuts.

More than 300 students from Villa Corta, Hurley and Northam elementary schools were selected by school staff for the sixth annual Aldabella Scarpa Giveback Event.

The Covina shoe designer started the event as a way of encouraging young women in low-income areas.

“We want these young girls to have an amazing, positive experience and not allow circumstances in their lives to create limits,” said co-founder Monica Gonzales. “We want to show them that our community supports them and we want them to dream big.”

Gonzales and her sister, Ann Marie Smith, went to school at Villa Corta and wanted to do something special for the La Puente school. So six years ago, they began giving a new pair of shoes to deserving students.

Over the years, the event has continued to grow as more sponsors joined the ranks. California Credit Union provides new backpacks filled with school supplies. Other sponsors include Walmart, Global Processing System, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks and Stater Brothers.

Free haircuts were given by Supercuts of West Covina, helped by OMG Hair Accessories.

“The part I like the best is the kids’ smiles,” said Villa Corta Principal John Martinez. “It shows our students that lots of people in our community support them.”

Martinez will welcome 525 students in transitional kindergarten to sixth grade on Monday, when Rowland Unified begins the new school year. The young women will have everything they need to start school. Click HERE for entire story!

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