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SRLA Cares raises social, environmental, and community awareness through various community projects throughout the training season. SRLA Cares provides an opportunity for SRLA students to give back to their communities both large and small.
Here’s how Luis, a 2016 SRLA high school graduate and SRLA Scholarship recipient, described the impact of participating in SRLA Cares:
I’ve been inspired by the generosity of SRLA, through the opportunity to participate in smaller races before the marathon. In every race, each school is encouraged to partake in SRLA Cares, focused on bringing a specific item to give back to the community. Before my exposure to this, I have never truly understood the importance of providing a lending hand. Therefore, in my transition to high school, I entered with a state of mind of doing something similar. Over the course of my four years in high school, I have earned over 300 hours of community [service]…. SRLA does a lot for the community and I aimed to do the same.
On Saturday, August 9, 2014, SRLA collected and counted 18,302 shoes at Belvedere Middle School and broke the Guinness World Record for “Most Shoes Collected for Recycling, which previously stood at 16,407 shoes!
|SRLA Kick-off 5K @ Dockweiler Beach
October 8, 2016
|Pennies from Heaven!
SRLA Cares collected more than $4,000 in pennies and loose change that was donated to United Cerebal Palsy – Los Angeles and the National Ataxia Foundation.
Main Street 10K
October 30, 2016
|Bottleneck for a Cause! (Plastic Bottles)
SRLA Cares collected more than 1,000 pounds of plastic, filling up an entire school bus and more! The effort raised more than $1,000 to support SRLA Cares and SRLA Post-Secondary Scholarships.
| Petal to the Medal
@ LA Arboretum
November 19, 2016
|Yes, We Can!
Two tons plus! SRLA Cares collected more than 5,000 cans of food! These cans were donated to food banks across Greater Los Angeles!
| Holiday Half
@ Pomona Fairplex
December 11, 2016
|Bring Joy with a Toy!
SRLA collected 1,000+ toys that promote physical activity! These toys will be donated to two LAUSD elementary schools before the holidays.!
| SoCal Half Marathon
January 7, 2017
|Give a Shirt!
3 trucks filled! SRLA Cares collected more than 5,000 clothing items that will be donated to local charities, including the Long Beach Rescue Mission.
February 12, 2017
|Pasta to Make a Difference! (Pasta Drive)
SRLA Cares collected over one TON of pasta! Pasta was donated to MEND.