By Lt. Everardo Silva, AA/Public Information Officer
Calipatria State Prison
For more than two decades, the staff at Calipatria State Prison (CAL) has taken special care of a local elementary school’s students. This year the students found themselves with new warm clothing.
Grace Smith Elementary School celebrated the end of school and start of the holiday break on Dec. 19 much like it has for the past 23 years. For those two decades, CAL staff has adopted the school and its students. The tradition started shortly after the opening of the prison.
This year the CAL staff gave 91 students beanies, gloves, socks, small toys, cookies and juice.
CAL Warden Warren L. Montgomery, along with six staff members, made the trip to the school in Niland and spoke with students on the importance of staying warm and healthy during winter months.
“Right now, your education is the single most important part of your life,” Warden Montgomery said. “I’m very proud to be part of the institution that supports the school the way we do.”
“The annual collection and distribution of the goods is all voluntary. We want to make sure the children have a present to open around Christmas,” said Gabriala Nunez, Calipatria State Prison Correctional Counselor II (credit elizabeth). “It’s an honor to be able to be part of the giving to so many children.”
Learn more about CAL at https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Facilities_Locator/CAL.html