June 22, 2015
I cannot think of any school who goes beyond the school gates to serve its families. 1.) Although Catskill's parents have voted in to have school uniforms, it is compassionate enough to reach out to families who cannot afford to buy school uniforms for students through an organization called Beyond the Bell. 2.) Every November, a brown envelope is passed around to staff members to contribute any dollar amount of donation money to buy turkeys for the holidays. Mr. Mizuno (the School Social Worker) and his social work interns organize a very successful food donation drive to help families in need. 3.) Mrs. Escobar organizes American Heart Association every year, and Catskill always donates more than $2500 worth to the organization. 4.) Mrs. Coglitore organizes an LAUSD Charitable Drive that successfully collects money to help towards scholarships and medical needs. 5.) Mrs. Pop and Mrs. Untalan lead a 50-member Catskill Choir that performs songs that promote character and citizenship. 6.) For the entire month of October, Catskill enthusiastically celebrates a Bully Free Zone, by wearing orange and the Peace Builder Student Conflict Resolution team puts out wonderful skits to teach students in all grade levels how to prevent bullying, identifying bullying, and what to do in a bullying situation. 5.) Mrs. Zopatti and Mr. P have been at the forefront of Sharefest, a community-wide school beautification day. It has resulted in renovating the library, the garden, the teachers' lounge, the school auditorium, and beautiful murals. Many students, parents, teachers, local churches, businesses have contributed to Sharefest, and it has made Catskill a very nice campus environment. 6.) Under Mrs. Escobar's leadership, the Student Council has headed up Power Save Program, which cuts down the use of energy and other resources. 7.) Under the Power Save Team, Mr. Eco, a environmental super hero comes every year to rap and teach kids how to care for their community by being eco-friendly.
- submitted by a teacher