Following the success of our McStudent’s Night fundraiser in February, Breakthrough SJC recently concluded its second successful McDonald’s fundraiser. Community members came together to grab a bite to eat and support the cause. During the two hour fundraiser hosted at San Juan Capistrano’s McDonald’s, Breakthrough SJC raised significant funds that will directly support our students.
We were delighted to see students, families, St. Margaret’s staff, Advisory Board members, and new supporters at the event. The event featured delicious baked goods made by Breakthrough SJC parents and an informational table run by students. Thank you to all of our volunteers and supporters who came out to the event. In addition, we would like to thank Ross Pollard and Andrew Suckiel for their support and for allowing us the opportunity to hold this event at McDonald’s.
A panel of students from Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) at California State University San Marcos gave Breakthrough SJC students a glimpse of the opportunities available to them as first generation students entering college. The panel was led by MEChA Co-chair Selena Arellano and included MeChA students Lizbeth and Saul. According to Arellano, “[MEChA is] determined to develop political, social and cultural consciousness and stand in solidarity with those who are oppressed and fight for justice.” Presenting to Breakthrough SJC is just one of the many ways MEChA carries out their mission.
Members of the panel spoke about their own experiences applying to college and about taking advantage of the resources that were offered to them as first generation college students. Breakthrough SJC students also received a private tour led by Arellano where they visited the Latin@ Center, LGBTQ Pride Center, various classrooms, and the statue of Cesar Chavez. We would like to thank the students from MEChA for sharing their stories and allowing Breakthrough SJC to explore CSU San Marcos.