North Kern SP staff helps students, feeds 38 families

North Kern State Prison staff pitched in to help children have a brighter Christmas. In the front row are Lt. Jose Martinez, AA/PIO, Santa, Anamarie Sanchez Principal of Nueva Vista. To far right is Community Resource Manager Danny Espitia.

North Kern State Prison staff pitched in to help children have a brighter Christmas. In the front row are Lt. Jose Martinez, AA/PIO; Santa; Anamarie Sanchez, principal of Nueva Vista.
To far right is Community Resource Manager Danny Espitia.

By Lt. Jose M. Martinez, AA/Public Information Officer
North Kern State Prison

With the drought heavily impacting the Central Valley with the lack of work on the farms, North Kern State Prison (NKSP) staff decided to help children whose families have been hit hard by the lack of income. In November, the prison staff also put together baskets to feed 38 families for Thanksgiving.

Nueva Vista Language Academy’s student body is primarily children whose parents’ main source of income comes from farm labor.

From left are Associate Warden Jackie Jeter, Office Assistant Lizette Valadez and Officer L. Chow.

From left are Associate Warden Jackie Jeter, Office Assistant Lizette Valadez and Officer L. Chow.

NKSP provided Nueva Vista’s kindergarten classrooms with Christmas gifts on Dec. 8. Santa delivered toys ranging from bikes, skateboards, dolls and clothing for boys and girls.

Community Resource Manager Danny Espitia visited the school and collected names of all kindergarten students. Staff from every department adopted a child and donated gifts for the children.

For 11 years, NKSP has been involved in the Christmas Gift Program.

Danny Robles, Academic Teacher at NKSP, handled Santa duties during the event.

Thanksgiving made easier for families

The prison staff also joined forces with Delano Community Connections to provide Thanksgiving baskets to 38 families who otherwise would not have a Thanksgiving dinner.

Staff from all departments of NKSP participated in this event, providing all fixings to a traditional thanksgiving feast including certificates to purchase a turkey.  Each basket was displayed with a theme.

Members of Delano Community Connections judged the displays and Warden (A) Kelly Santoro made the announcements.

From left are Warden (A) Kelly Santoro, Officer S. Copeland, Officer M. Garcia.

From left are Warden (A) Kelly Santoro, Officer S. Copeland, Officer M. Garcia.

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