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 SDCOE Raises $25,000 for United Way

San Diego County Office of Education employees raised nearly $25,000 during its United Way campaign, in increase of more than $5,000 from last year.

That money will help students and families throughout the county. A percentage of it will also go to four SDCOE programs: JCCS Dollars for Scholars, Migrant Education, Early Education, and Outdoor Education.

The campaign, which ran from Oct. 30 to Dec. 4, was about more than simply raising money, though. It was also a chance for SDCOE employees to do something positive while connecting with their co-workers, said Nicole Shina, who organized the campaign.

"Events such as the chili cook-off and Art from the Heart painting lessons brought us together to have some fun while supporting the campaign," she said.

Other special events included a street fair, parking space auction, used book sales, and a coffee and doughnuts event. Together, the events brought in $3,289, which is $1,205 more than last year.

Most of the money from the campaign—$21,446—was from employees who pledged to donate through their paychecks. Three of our co-workers gave more than $1,000.

"A strong community is derived by the members who commit to strengthen it," said Sam Kanaski, development associate with United Way of San Diego County. "SDCOE's participation in the campaign this year is exemplary of its very own commitment to ensure the children and families of our San Diego County have every opportunity to a brighter future."

SDCOE has teamed up with United Way for decades to raise money for local schools and families.