SAN DIEGO, CA – April 24, 2013 – Monarch School will soon be able to serve its students in a whole new way. The new Monarch School Nat & Flora Bosa Campus for children impacted by homelessness celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony today. The new school, located just south of Petco Park, at 1625 Newton Avenue, is five times the size of the school’s current facility and will allow the school to double enrollment, maximizing educational opportunities for children affected by homelessness in San Diego.
“This celebration recognizes more than a decade of work by committed and dedicated individuals who have made this campus a reality,” said Erin Spiewak, Monarch School CEO.
“Where do you live? I have no problem answering any more. I live in a shelter,” said Andrea, 15, a student at the Monarch School for homeless youth. “No one judges me here.”
More than 25 years after a drop-in center for homeless students opened in San Diego with a single teacher, a gleaming $15 million campus for transient youth will make its debut in downtown’s East Village Wednesday.
Monarch will move out of its cramped Cedar Street quarters and into a 51,000 square foot complex near Petco Park that includes a health center, computer lab, gym, playgrounds and gardens.
It will be a bittersweet celebration.
The students who painted the mural at a temporary wall in Horton Plaza were able to see their completed creation for the first time on Wednesday. Students from Monarch School, which serves kids whose families have been impacted by homelessness, helped design and create the mural that covers major construction in downtown San Diego.
The mural features their favorite places in San Diego, from Balboa Park to Coronado. The children painted the mural at school, and then each piece was transported to Horton Plaza to cover the wall.
It is fitting that when translated into Spanish, La Jolla means “the jewel,” because La Jolla truly is the diamond of the West Coast. La Jolla has become the embodiment of luxury, class and style in San Diego. The chic allure of La Jolla’s avenues has drawn the finest automobiles to this coastal town for the ninth year at the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance and The La Jolla Motor Car Classic at the Concours. The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance features various types of fine automobile gems. Past years have showcased horseless carriages, Italian marques, British marques, Woodies, 50’s classics, American sports cars (with a salute to GM on their 100th anniversary), and the automobiles of Carroll Shelby. Spectators from all over the nation come to the breathtaking shores of La Jolla to view their favorite classics.
Ragnar is a 200-mile relay race from Huntington Beach to San Diego in which teams of 12 test their athletic stamina and rely on each other for support over the course of 2 days. Team members run 3 legs of the race; difficulty and distance vary from 3-8 miles. All types of runners participate each year so whether you are a novice or a world class athlete, please join us! Last year 10 teams raised $60,000 for Monarch. This year we are creating 25 teams with the goal of raising $200,000. Each team is asked to raise $6,000 and is provided with a link to set up a customized fundraising webpage that accepts and tracks donations.