California Rehabilitation Center donates over $13,000 to local schools

CRC Warden Cynthia Tampkins and students from local schools.

CRC Warden Cynthia Tampkins and students from local schools.

CRC’s Surprise-a-School campaign a welcome relief to educators

By Delinia Lewis, Community Resource Manager
California Rehabilitation Center

On Oct. 20, Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins of the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) in Norco wrapped up the “Surprise-a-School” campaign.

The campaign sent CRC on a mission to donate $13,847 to 13 deserving schools in the in the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD).

Principal Russell Walsh of Riverview Elementary School was nearly brought to tears with emotion.

“It is overwhelming to be the recipient of such an act of unexpected kindness,” he said.

CRC used proceeds from a recent inmate food sale to donate to unsuspecting schools in the Norco and Eastvale area.

CNUSD is located approximately 45 miles southeast of Los Angeles in western Riverside County. The school district consists of 31 elementary schools, eight intermediate/middle schools, five comprehensive high schools, a middle college high school and three alternative schools.

The district serves over 53,000 students in the diverse communities of Corona, Norco and Eastvale.

CNUSD is the largest school district in Riverside County and the 10th largest district in California. It has been providing quality education to the students of the Corona and Norco area for over 120 years.

Highland Elementary, one of the schools awarded funding, will use the donation to purchase new books for their recently renovated library. Others will use the funds to develop a Smart Art program. Roosevelt High school used their $3,000 donation to purchase a much needed shooting machine for their basketball team.

Although the schools have varied ideas on how to use the unexpected donations, one thing is consistent – they appreciate CRC as a valued community partner.

“We understand these young people are our neighbors practicing next door, and they are also our future,” Warden Tampkins said. “We must invest in our youth to ensure a productive society in the future.”


5 Responses

  1. Joy Tuesday, November 10, 2015 / 2:54 pm

    Your kindness and thoughtfulness will always be remembered and appreciated by those you have helped. Thank you for giving so much back to our future leaders!

  2. Monday, November 9, 2015 / 10:15 am

    Delinia and Warden Tampkins, brilliant idea to give to a much deserving institution – school. So much money and resources are needed to fill-in the funding gaps that schools endure each fiscal year. I’m sure the schools in the community will be looking forward to being the next “blessed” recipient of CRC’s caring and laborious efforts. Uplifting story.

  3. Marion Spearman Thursday, November 5, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    Cynthia, this was a very nice and caring gesture.

  4. Lt. M. D. Williams, CCWF Thursday, November 5, 2015 / 11:56 am

    CRM Delinia Lewis, great article. It is always nice to build our relationships with our surrounding community. I enjoyed reading that one of the recipient principals was moved to tears. That is beautiful. Great work CRC, giving unexpected gifts to much needed schools. Keep up the great work and very kind words Warden Tampkins.

    Lt. M. D. Williams
    Central California Women’s Facility

  5. Sandra Cardoza Thursday, November 5, 2015 / 10:29 am

    Kudos to CRC staff and inmates for sending funds to the local schools in thier area. Supporting the youth in the community where you live and work, no matter how big or small, will be rewarded as those young people become successful adults!

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