From left are CRm Therese Giannelli, inmate Mejia, Chad Fredrich with Folsom’s Hope, inmate Campbell, inmate Todd, CDW (A) Jeff Lynch, Salwa Kasabian with Folsom’s Hope, Lt. Brett Johnson, and Office Technician Megan Assenza.

From left are CRm Therese Giannelli, inmate Mejia, Chad Fredrich with Folsom’s Hope, inmate Campbell, inmate Todd, CDW (A) Jeff Lynch, Salwa Kasabian with Folsom’s Hope, Lt. Brett Johnson, and Office Technician Megan Assenza.

By Therese Giannelli, Community Resources Manager
California State Prison, Sacramento

This summer, the employees of California State Prison, Sacramento (CSP-SAC) were asked to help Folsom’s Hope, a local non-profit organization, by donating classroom supplies for the teachers at Theodore Judah Elementary School.

The school is a part of the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District and is located a short walking distance from CSP-SAC. Due to the close proximity to the prison, many children who have an incarcerated parent at CSP-SAC, Folsom State Prison or the Folsom Women’s Facility, attend Theodore Judah.

On Aug. 5, Folsom’s Hope was presented with enough classroom supplies to support the teachers and students at Theodore Judah Elementary School for an entire year.

In the spirit of giving, the supply donation was coupled with a cash donation provided by the inmate population, from proceeds generated from a food sale, totaling $4,771.60. Many inmates donated funds in addition to the food sale to support this cause.  The amount of the donation was not revealed until the inmates presented the large check directly to the Folsom’s Hope board members. The board members stated they were humbled and overwhelmed as they accepted the donations.

All money raised by the inmate population will go directly to the Folsom STARS (Students Together Achieving Results) program at Theodore Judah.