Community Donors Help Provide Students with Tools for Success

El Monte City School District students who picked up school resources in early August at their schools in preparation for the start of classes received some added surprises courtesy of City Councilwoman Victoria Martinez Muela and a host of community sponsors.

Students received 900 packs loaded with supplies, including whiteboards, earbuds, notebooks and even a voucher for a free haircut during Back to School Resource Fairs held at Shirpser and Potrero schools on Monday, Aug. 10.

“We would like to thank Councilwoman Martinez and all our community supporters for their incredible generosity,” Superintendent Dr. Maribel Garcia said. “Their gifts emphasize one of our primary messages – educating our children is a community effort, and we all have an important part to play.”

The resource fairs were sponsored by community organizations that included Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Baldwin Park; Cardinal Industrial Finishes; South El Monte Community Outreach; Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District; 5 Points/El Monte South El Monte Rotary; El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce; Professional Institute of Beauty; Cricket Wireless; The Elmonteans; Lawrence Equipment; Vons Credit Union; Hitomi Dentistry; Valley Vista Services; Rio Hondo College; Our Savior Center; Peraza Design; San Gabriel Valley Water Co.; Credit Union of Southern California; Kiwanis Club of El Monte; CBM Towing Inc.; Chapcare - Pasadena; New Hope Community Church; El Monte Promise Foundation; and State Farm - Martha Cerda El Monte.

El Monte City School District will launch fall instruction on Aug. 20 with a distance learning program. The District has been distributing Chromebooks, bags and earbuds to ensure all students have the technology they need to be successful.

The District is also launching a Mandarin Dual Language Immersion program this fall at New Lexington School, building on its successes in Spanish Dual Language Immersion. Details are available at

EMCSD_LAUNCH: Students attending a Back to School Resource Fair at El Monte City School District’s Shirpser School received packs loaded with tools for success and a few surprises thanks to donors such as City Councilwoman Victoria Martinez Muela.