Think Together students receive the spirit of the holiday season thanks to Kaiser Permanente, Ontario Clippers, and Cisco
Think Together students’ spirits were made bright this holiday season through gift drives and volunteer kit builds made possible by Kaiser Permanente, Ontario Clippers, and Cisco.
Kaiser Permanente Spreads Holiday Cheer with Gifts for Think Together Students
Kaiser Permanente Riverside Service Area employees, physicians, volunteers, and contracted business partners formed 78 teams across Riverside County to collect more than 2,000 toys and teen gifts for Think Together students. This is the second year Kaiser Permanente and Think Together collaborated to treat students in the area with holiday gifts and the 11th year Kaiser Permanente Riverside Service Area has hosted the holiday drive.
Think Together and Kaiser Permanente have worked together for more than 10 years on such initiatives as trauma informed care training for staff, Workforce Readiness Education Programs and backpack drives in the fall.
Clippers Host a Slam Dunk Christmas in Ontario
Think Together and the Ontario Clippers have partnered for a third year to host a toy drive for an excited group of 472 students at Corona Elementary School. Coaches, players, and other Clippers staff helped pass out Clippers branded tote bags full of the toys each student picked out. The students’ excitement and eagerness to meet the players and receive their gift bags was the highlight of the event for all in attendance.
Think Together and the Ontario Clippers have been partners since 2021 and have collaborated to increase students access to literacy, STEM and workforce readiness programs. In the winter of 2021, The Clippers and Think Together passed out STEM Kits and Clippers swag to students at Ontario Center Elementary School. Think Together partnered again with the Ontario Clippers in the spring of 2022 for a two-week reading program, in which students were awarded a Clippers hat or t-shirt for reading one book, and Clipper’s game tickets if they read two.
Cheers to Our Cisco Volunteers!
New partner, Cisco, joins the team as the most recent partner to participate in a kit-building volunteer event. 25 volunteers assembled 1,000 holiday-themed kits that will be distributed to Bay Area students.
This is on top of $50,000 that was awarded to Think Together to implement Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words (SIPPS) training for staff. This training will benefit TK through second-grade students in Alum Rock Union School District, and is intergraded into Think Together’s early learning and kinder academies located in the Bay Area.