Going above and beyond for students amid COVID-19

On Friday October 30, 2020, Bert Corona Middle School in our LA Metro region held a Trunk-or-Treat! Site Coordinator Leticia Sepulveda has been working at Bert Corona for 13 years and has had the tradition of putting on a Trunk-or-Treat for her afterschool students the past three years.

“My students are the reason I look forward to come to work everyday, the reason I continue to work even harder throughout these challenging times. Being able to provide an event that brought a moment of smiles, tears, and joy to so many of our students and families is what I live for and it’s what makes my job that much more rewarding!” says Sepulveda.

This year, Bert Corona administrators wanted to participate in this tradition. With COVID-19 changing the school year for all, teachers and Think Together staff members alike were missing connecting with their students. Both school administrators, teachers and Think Together staff worked together to put on a special evening for their students and families to participate in.

As the event was about to begin, cars were wrapped around from the school gates, down the street and starting around the corner of the next intersection. Kids were in their costumes and masks with the windows down excited to receive candy, books and Think Together student backpacks while getting to enjoy all the decorated cars and staff costumes.

In all, Think Together distributed 350 backpacks filled headphones, water bottles, and school supplies essential for distance learning. Think together plans to deliver an additional 20,000 backpacks across the LA Metro region throughout November.