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MEDIA ADVISORY- SDUSD

True Blue Buddies Student Mentorship, Shopping Spree
Posted on 10/20/2020
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Tuesday, October 20, 2020



MEDIA ADVISORY: True Blue Buddies Student Mentorship, Annual Shopping Spree



WHAT: The San Diego Unified School District School Police Department True Blue Buddies event will pair 25 students from Chavez Elementary School with School Police officers for a virtual shopping spree at Target. Students have been referred by the school to participate in this event. Students will receive a $150 Target gift card to spend on school supplies, clothes, and shoes for the school year. Officers along with their buddies will conduct Target online shopping via Zoom, adhering to county health guidelines for COVID-19.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Zoom

VISUALS: Video clips of zoom shopping and interviews of True Blue Buddies volunteers, students, and staff will be available for evening broadcasts.

BACKGROUND: Third- through fifth-grade students from Chavez Elementary will receive a $150 gift card to spend on school supplies, clothes, and shoes, courtesy of Target. Each student will partner with a member of the School Police Department. Participants were selected based on need, and include students from low-income families, military families and homeless families. The event is supported by the district's Children and Youth in Transition program, School Police, and Target.

The shopping spree serves as the kick-off event to a year-long mentorship program, which includes educational workshops and holiday gatherings. The primary goal of the program is to provide support through small-group mentoring. San Diego Unified is proud to support True Blue Buddies as part of its broader commitment to foster supports for students throughout the community.

Media Contact: Communications Director Maureen Magee , 619-381-7930, mmagee@sandi.net

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