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    San Diego middle & high schools hit a grand slam!!

    Date: 10.30.07 | by Judge Tom.


    In the true spirit of October’s baseball season, we salute two of many schools that stepped forward to assist with the wildfires raging in California. Schools in San Diego were closed last week. Several, however, stayed open to be turned into shelters for volunteers.

    Taft Middle School immediately opened its doors to the American Red Cross. Principal Mike George, Vice Principals Nicci Krey and Robin Dime, and Richard Isidoro worked tirelessly with Red Cross volunteers to ready the campus for an expected 450 guests. Preparation included security arrangements, feeding, signage, parking, setting up the cafeteria for sleeping, starting the boilers for hot showers, etc.

    Photo by Gin Girl Jen (Flickr)

    After a day’s work, word came that the numbers had grown to 1200 volunteers needing shelter. Consequently, plans for using Taft Middle School changed to a larger facility nearby. At 5:00 p.m. the Taft shelter was shut down and moved to Junipero Serra High School.

    Principal Mike Jimenez repeated the heroic efforts of Principal George in getting his campus ready for hundreds of volunteers. The stay at Serra High was comfortable and thankfully short-lived due to mother nature’s cooperation in reducing the fire danger and growth. Askthejudge.info thanks everyone involved in the disaster relief effort particularly those mentioned here. Great job, friends!!

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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