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 Monarch School Honors Volunteers

Educators at Monarch School have gotten a lot of help with their mission to help students from transient families break the cycle of homelessness through education, and they took time last month to honor some of those who go above and beyond for the children.

The school in downtown San Diego has an average of 11 volunteers on campus every day and 139 regular volunteers who donate more than 540 hours each month.

They were honored last month at the All Aboard! Monarch Volunteer Appreciation event for taking time out of their busy lives to make a difference for students.

  • Mercedes Gonzalez received the "Ultimate Lifesaver" award for her dedication.
  • Meri Knight was presented the "Amazing Anchor" award for running Monarch’s Everyone a Reader program.
  • Hannah Cunningham  got the “Feeling Good” award for providing weekly parent fitness sessions.
  • Silas Manspeaker earned the "Kindergarten Captain" award for volunteering more than 300 hours in five months.
  • Lucila Hernandez received the "Sew Right" award for running the sewing program.
  • “Fantastic First Mates” awards went to Hilton San Diego Bayfront, CBRE, and the San Diego Padres for their donations and support.

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.


Photo: Monarch students admire the "Kindergarten Captain" award presented to Silas Manspeaker.