Collecting school supplies personal mission for Jesse Borrego

CATHEDRAL CITY — As a child growing up in a disadvantaged home, Jesse Borrego said, “I know the struggles families have to go through for buying all school supplies.”

He wanted to do something more than empathize with families who are wrestling with buying back-to-school supplies. So, as president of the Cathedral City Police Officers’ Association, Borrego and Association members organized a collection for school supplies.

“This is a first-year event that we will now be doing annually,” Borrego told Uken Report. “I spoke with educators within our local elementaries and wanted to host an event that was meaningful and would positively impact the children in our community. After hearing the needs (about) what some children needed, I felt compelled to make sure we can bring these basic school items to the children of Cathedral City.”

He attended Agua Caliente Elementary School, Landau Elementary School, James Workman Middle School and graduated from Cathedral City High School.

“It’s just a personal mission to help the youth in the city I grew up in,” Borrego said.

A police officer with the Cathedral City Police Department, Borrego is one of four full-time School Resource Officers working in the Palm Springs Unified School District.

The collection, which is already underway, runs through July 28. The following supplies are needed: pens, pencils, folders, notebooks, calculators, backpacks, scissors, glue sticks, paper, paperclips, rulers, paints, markers, crayons, highlighters, water bottles, hole punch, staplers, Kleenex, and lunch boxes. You can read all the details here.

All donations may be dropped off at the Cathedral City Police Station, 68700 Avenida Lalo, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

School supplies will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 3 at the Cathedral City Community Amphitheater. There will be water slides/water jumpers, music and ice cream.


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