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.”