By Glynn Guerra |Staff Writer|
Student Ariana Raygoza-Luna and three other students who major in social work, chose to create a child welfare assistance program they call Leap of Faith.
This program selected Riley Elementary School in San Bernardino to work with by donating backpacks and school supplies to the students.
“This is us standing up and saying, ‘Hey this school needs your attention,'” said Raygoza-Luna.
They have also planted a vegetable garden for education and formed a Booster Club with the school.
Once you get accepted into the social work program, you’re able to apply for a separate program called the child welfare program. This is where Leap of Faith comes into play.
In order for students like Raygoza-Luna in the child welfare program to get their social work degree, they must complete a community advocacy project where they are required to pick a community within the Inland Empire and focus on an area in need of help.
This is why the students chose to work with Riley Elementary School.
Leap of Faith has had a difficult time getting donations from corporate stores because they haven’t been good about communicating back with them, but they have been able to get a lot of help from within the community.
The police department has donated things like pencils to the Leap of Faith project and the Chamber of Commerce has made some donations to them as well.
“We at least have the community’s support, but it has still been hard getting monetary donations for the school,” said Raygoza-Luna.
Even though getting corporation and monetary support has been rather difficult for Leap of Faith, Raygoza-Luna expressed that the most important thing to them is not getting monetary donations but rather donations of actual supplies.
Even if their project is not finished by the end of the quarter, Leap of Faith will continue working with the school until the job is done.
Leap of Faith has provided boxes where students at CSUSB can stop by and donate school supplies for the Riley Elementary students.
You can find these boxes placed in the San Manuel Student Union and the housing community center.
Leap of Faith asks that students donate any supplies that they possibly can.
This project, although small, has helped students in need so that they can better their education and has shown to be a very admirable group.
Please help Leap of Faith in furthering their donations to Riley Elementary School, because even one small donation can help make a difference in a child’s life.