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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
September 24, 2017
|Every Penny Counts!
SRLA Cares collected almost $5,000 in pennies and loose change that was donated to United Cerebal Palsy – Los Angeles, the National Ataxia Foundation, and hurricane relief.
|SRLA Castaic 10K @ Castaic Lake
October 28, 2017
|Reduce, Recycle, Reuse! (Plastic Bottles)
SRLA Cares collected more than 1,000 pounds of plastic, filling up an entire truck! The effort raised more than $1,000 to support SRLA Cares and SRLA Post-Secondary Scholarships.
| SRLA Arroyo 15K @ Arroyo Seco Nature Park
November 18, 2017
|Yes, We Can!
SRLA Cares collected more than 5,150 cans of food! These cans were donated to food banks across Greater Los Angeles, including Hope of the Valley and Friends In Deed!
| Holiday Half@ Pomona Fairplex
December 10, 2017
|Bring Joy with a Toy!
SRLA Cares filled four trucks with toys and school supplied to be donated to children in need.
| Pasadena Half Marathon @ The Rose Bowl
January 21, 2018
|Give a Shirt and Paper Products for Ronald McDonald House!
Successful day collecting old clothing items for local charities and paper towels, paper plates, toilet paper, and wipes for the Roland McDonald House in Pasadena.
|23rd Annual Friendship Run @ Hansen Dam
February 11, 2018
|Pasta to Make a Difference! (Pasta Drive)
SRLA Cares collected pasta to donate to a local charity.