RANCHO SANTA FE–A group of eight high school students, including Rancho Santa Fe resident Jasmine Griggs, are showing appreciation for Camp Pendleton Marines and their families through their work with Pacific Ridge School’s Second to None Service Learning Group.
The school’s service learning curriculum gives students the tools and resources to provide service to San Diego communities and to communities around the world. The Second to None students work with a Family Readiness Officer at Camp Pendleton, finding new ways to help serve the needs of the Marines and their families.
To ensure that military children were not forgotten this spring, the students created holiday baskets with an assortment of candy and toys. The baskets brought smiles to the children whose parent(s) are serving the United States Marine Corps in Afghanistan. The students also collected clothes to contribute to the Hearts and Mind Campaign that the Marines are running in Afghanistan. Knowing how harsh winters are in the region, the students donated coats to keep children warm as they walk to school.
As they move forward with their work, students look to work more closely with Marine families to show how much they appreciate what the Marines do for our country. “It is extremely important to recognize our men and women in uniform, and to show our support for the families they’ve left behind,” said Faculty Advisor Matt Kraynyak.
The students have learned that the Marines appreciate receiving basic items, such as card decks and soap, and the students look forward to continuing fundraising efforts, including cupcake sales, in order to supply these items.