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 Baseball Players Treat Monarch Students to Back-to-School Shopping Spree

​The Padres treated 75 Monarch School students to a back-to-school shopping spree at Target in Mission Valley last week.

Each student was paired with a Padres player or front office volunteer Sept. 17 to pick out clothes and shoes. The students also received a Padres youth baseball jersey and a backpack filled with souvenirs and school supplies.

Monarch educates children in kindergarten through 12th grade who have been impacted by homelessness. It’s the only school of its kind in the county.

Monarch is a unique public-private partnership between the San Diego County Office of Education’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools​ and the nonprofit Monarch School Project. The County Office provides teachers and an accredited education, and the project supplements this program through academic and enrichment programs including an after-school program, expressive arts therapy, and counseling.