Claudia Saldana, left, Community Resource Manager at Calipatria State Prison, and Calipatria Warden Warren L. Montgomery, far right, donate supplies to two school officials.

By Everardo Silva, PIO/AA
Calipatria State Prison

Hundreds of families will spend less on notebooks, pencils and other classroom supplies for their children thanks to a “Back-to-School Supply Drive” held at Calipatria State Prison (CAL).

Sponsored by CAL staff, the event provided new composition books, markers, boxes of colored pencils, and bags filled with grade-appropriate supplies — like glue, scissors, crayons, notebooks and highlighters. More than 790 area students profited from the drive.

“This is significant,” said Doug Kline, Superintendent for the Calipatria Unified School District. “Back to school shopping is always such a project for parents; this is very helpful for the families.”

Claudia Saldana, the Community Resource Manager for Calipatria State Prison, calls the drive an investment in the students’ future. With the help of the staff at CAL, she said, “It’s just going to help students become everything they can be and that is priceless. This is our first School Supply Drive, but not our last.”

The donations were delivered on Tuesday, Aug. 30, which was the second day of school and there was a lot of excitement in the room.

CAL Warden Warren L. Montgomery said that although their education is free, unfortunately their school supplies are not.

“CAL staff understand and appreciate its responsibility to be good partners within our communities,” he said. “Our staff are aware that investing in our children’s education is an investment in the future of this community and our country.”