East Austin College Prep Moms Give Back to Community
“The best part about helping someone is the look on their face when they’re overcome with emotions and gratitude,” says Sandy Fernandez, a Southwest Key Good Neighbor member and East Austin College Prep mom.
On March 21, 2015, a group of EAPrep moms from the Good Neighbors Program hosted a Spring Carnival to invite community members and individuals to celebrate the beginning of spring and collect donated items for several families in need of help at EAPrep. The group of moms was able to raise enough funds and donated goods to create baskets for each of the six families at East Austin College Prep. The baskets included cleaning supplies, toiletries and non-perishable food.
“My son was able to learn from this experience at the spring carnival about giving back to the community,” says Fernandez. “We can all do something good even if it’s small to help someone’s life. We all hold the power to create that change.”
“I really enjoy the Good Neighbor Program at Southwest Key because I am able to stay involved with my son’s education and help out in the community. We all have different talents and point of view and I think that is important to have in a group,” comments Fernandez.
“Parent engagement is vital for the child’s progress,” says Yubelly Perez, Community Services Coordinator at Southwest Key. “Parents are a driving force in the child’s education and communication with teachers and administrators is key to have a successful school.”
“As a mom, I understand when parents need a little help. Although, I don’t have much, I will do everything I can such as hosting events to help the families at EAPrep,” says Fernandez.
The group of moms is important for the community at Southwest Key and EAPrep because they have learned to effectively communicate and bring awareness about what’s needed in the school and in the community. “They have helped me to see that East Austin should be a vision and not an issue,” says Perez.