Project H.E.R.O. (Homeless Education Renewing Opportunities) is a program in Magnolia School District that has provided a range of outstanding services to students and families within our community.   Project HERO’s primary goals are to ensure student school enrollment, academic success, and school stability.  Established in 2009, this project ensures homeless children have all educational rights and protections established under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

Project HERO develops strong partnerships between the school, the community, and families.   Generous partners include the Anaheim Police Department Cops 4 Kids, Salvation Army of Anaheim, Sarang Community Church, Child Shuttle, and Catholic Charities of Orange County.  Powerful partnerships have provided help to house 63 families in the past 3 years!

2017 was a phenomenal year for services provided through Project HERO:

  • Over 250 students were welcomed to school by the Assistance League of Anaheim, where they provided school clothing and a backpack filled with hygiene and school supplies.

  • 150 families started the school year with donated backpacks filled with school supplies provided by the Rotary Club of Anaheim.

  • 109 parents graduated from the SparkPoint Financial Literacy Program which helps families become financially self-sufficient.

  • Over 1000 families are getting fresh fruits and vegetables on a monthly basis through the Second Harvest School Pantry, which grew from 1 school site to 8 schools sites this school year.

  • Over 300 students receive weekend healthy meals on a weekly basis from Giving Children Hope (GCH).

  • 30 students who participated in an essay contest were awarded bicycles by GCH in collaboration with Thrivent Financial Community Outreach.

In 2017, Project HERO was recognized by the Mayor and City Council Members of the City of Anaheim for their work with students who are homeless. Project HERO has many successes, but this work cannot be done alone.  We are thankful to the families, our partners and the dedication of our educators!

Dr. Frank Donavan, Magnolia Superintendent states that  “We are so proud of the Project HERO staff members and the work they do each and every day to improve the lives our students and families."



On Saturday, October 7th, 2017, the Magnolia Educational Enrichment Foundation (MEEF) hosted its 2nd annual Fit & Fun 5K Run.

The event had tremendous support from Magnolia School District Employees, students, their families, and community members, with nearly 700 participants. Over $1,500 in donations made it possible for a great deal of students to participate in the run. Esther L. Walter School won the coveted “Golden Shoe” award by having the most participants from a single site.

Each participant received an event shirt and medal.  The logo for the shirt was designed by Ambar Thanki, a 6th grade student from Juliette Low School of the Arts.  Shay Tiettmeyer, a 3rd grade student from Dr. Peter Marshall School, sang the National Anthem in front of the huge crowd.

It was great to see students as well as community and staff members running along with their families and friends.  Proceeds from this event will help fund teacher grants throughout the year.

The Magnolia School District Board of Trustees recognized these wonderful GRIP team members for their outstanding services the Magnolia community.

The GRIP program was initiated in 2008 by the Orange County District Attorney's Office, in conjunction with the Orange County Sheriff's Department.  Aimed at fostering a collaborative, community-based approach to gang reduction, the program is unique from all other anti-gang efforts in the county.   The GRIP Program provides mentoring services to students at Robert M. Pyles STEM Academy and Esther L. Walter Schools.

Pictured from left to right: Gary Shields, MSD School Board President; Dawn Breese, Robert M. Pyles STEM Academy Principal; Edith Lucero, Orange County Sherif Deputy; Tom Finley, DA Investigator; Katie Brown, Esther L. Walter former Principal; Susan Eckermann, Senior Deputy District Attorney; Cliff Page, Deputy District Attorney.

Forty-two Magnolia School District 3rd- 6th graders participated in the SaRang Community Church 2017 Summer Camp.  In it’s eighth year, the summer camp provides students opportunities they may never have had before.  Students had a delicious home cooked breakfast each morning, a daily art or science hands-on activity, and a daily outing.  This year students built a car throughout the week and raced the car on the final day of camp.  Outings during this year’s camp included: John’s Incredible Pizza, a rock wall climbing adventure, a day of jumping at a trampoline park and a full day at Knott’s Berry Farm.  The camp is fully supported through the donation of time and resources by members of the SaRang Community Church in Anaheim.  Eight former participants of the program served this year as camp mentors.  

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