If human kindness, compassion and generosity could be physically reflected in a building, then Allesandro Elementary School in Los Angeles would be Exhibit A. On Saturday, June 1, more than 100 instructors and students from ACC’s L.A. campus spent the day “beautifying” the school, sprucing up the paint, planting flowers and giving the campus an overall cleanup.
When Lara Chahinian, Medical Billing and Coding Instructor, heard about Operation Project Hope at Allesandro Elementary School, she immediately wanted to support her dear friend, Ed Robles, in organizing it. With tremendous support from ACC’s Executive Director, Lani Townsend, Lara was able to organize a School Supply Drive within ACC.
The outpouring of support from her ACC colleagues and students from across the entire campus left Lara Speechless. “They rock. There’s no other way to say it,” she said, smiling broadly. “From the deepest deep of my heart, I want them to know how amazing they are. Their kindness made a huge difference in the lives of the students and teachers at Allesandro Elementary School.”
In the weeks leading up to June 1, the campus-wide collection of School supplies, from pens, pencils, notebooks, calculators, crayons, copy papers etc… In all, a whopping 50+ boxes of supplies were donated, a haul so big it required pickup and delivery by a truck. While the response from ACC may have left her at a loss for words, Lara, an instructor at the L.A. campus for the past 5 years, said it really shouldn’t have come as a surprise. “I’ve been here long enough to know that this campus has a giant heart for others, and I’m prouder than ever to be a part of it.”