By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Brockman students help needy kids, troops
pic sb-check1
Far right, Nancy Payne of Century 21 M&M Associates, Manteca, presents a $250 check to Stella Brockman School Principal Candace Espinola on Wednesday. The school, in turn, will use the money to send care packages to the troops. From left, speech therapist Sandra Ringsby along with student council members Eva Pitts, Claudia Hunter, Danielle Fenisey, and Sareena Hazelbaker are among those helping in this effort. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
As part of Manteca Unified’s Character Counts program, Stella Brockman School students have steadily worked on activities that go towards good causes.

This includes the Coats for Kids drive held a few months ago. According to Principal Candace Espinola, the school collected nearly 200 gently used coats from students, family members and faculty.

With the coats going to needy families via local charities, Stella Brockman received an added bonus for its efforts.

Century 21 M&M Associates in Manteca provided ticket entries to a drawing for cash prizes based on the coats collected during the KCRA 3-sponsored drive.

As a result, the school claimed the second-place prize of $250.
This money has since been earmarked for care packages that will soon be shipped to troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Over 22 classes have adopted local soldiers serving overseas,” said Sandra Ringsby, the school’s speech therapist.

During the months of January and February, these classes have managed to fill over 30 boxes with snacks, gum, hard candy, dried beverages, toothbrushes, socks, toothpaste, soaps, and other personal necessities, Ringsby added.

Students and staff also donated coins and dollars to help foot the bill for the majority of the $12.50 postage per box.

Stella Brockman students, in addition, wrote over 200 cards and letters.

“(They) thanked the soldiers for their courage and their service to our country which may be the most appreciated items in the boxes,” Ringsby said.