La Vorgna Elementary Principal Jennifer Hammerton, Community Mission of Hope Director Steve Falk and PTA President Karen Kearns are pictured with PTA volunteers who helped collect the food Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. (Courtesy photo)
When families of Temecula Valley Unified School District's Susan La Vorgna Elementary School in French Valley celebrated the end of
summer Friday with a back-to-school picnic, it was no ordinary gathering.
Vorgna’s PTA gave families an event filled with fun and Jamin’ Jump activities,
families gave to our greater community by providing donations to the Community
Mission of Hope, according to a news release.
Local businesses such as Temeku Cinemas joined in the giving by donating popcorn for the event
which was given to participating families, said Karen Kearns, PTA president for La Vorgna.
“Our focus this year is on community and what better way to begin the
year than with an event that is filled with community giving,” Kearns said.
The picnic yielded 10 bins of food donations for Community Mission of Hope, a nonprofit
organization whose goal is to feed and care for needy people in the Temecula
Valley. Each week the organization provides food boxes to more than 150 families, Kearns pointed out.
"La Vorgna Elementary school families have huge hearts and I want our whole community to know what they have done," Kearns said.