MVSD continued its outreach into the community as the District partnered with the El Monte/South El Monte Resiliency Coalition, L.A. County Fire Department and the Red Cross to host a Home Fire Campaign at the Magnolia Learning Center (MLC).
Supporting local residents to be prepared in case of a fire, seven installation teams made up of trained volunteers went out into the community and installed a total of 106 smoke alarms in 43 homes reaching 180 people. According to statistics, seven people die per day in a home fire in the United States which prompted the American Red Cross to work with local fires departments, school districts, and community organizations on this initiative to reduce home fires. The nationwide Home Fire Preparedness Campaign was launched in October 2014, and aims to reduce the number of fire related injuries and deaths by 25 percent in the next five years.
MLC hosted a post event celebration featuring the El Monte Promise Foundation and Rio Hondo College who provided outreach booths offering resources and information on saving and planning for college. The Rosemead Consortium Migrant Education program provided tremendous support, as well as several school district and other volunteers. A lunch was prepared and served by the El Monte Rotary Club and the South El Monte Outreach Church provided a snow cone machine. Members of the Arroyo High School Key Club offered support with set-up, clean-up and snow cone operation.
“It was a great event connecting Mountain View School District families to systems and resources for education and disaster prevention,” said Terri Thomas, MLC’s administrator. “We really appreciate all the organizations and volunteers coming out for such a great cause.”