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Monday, July 6, 2020

Cheers for Children

Cheers for Children


The Cheers for Children campaign is to help children and families of VUSD.  Cheers for Children began in 1952 when a couple of caring teachers and an administrator identified a student and his family in need of food over the holidays.  This year we are celebrating our 67th year helping VUSD families in need. Cheers for Children has grown to a community campaign to assist 350 families over the holidays and additional needs throughout the year.  We would very much appreciate your support and donations to this one District effort, which is directed at providing goodwill to our students and families.

In honor of our Wellness Policy and in an effort to serve nutritious food to all students, we have assigned each school site with a food item for donation.  Please check in your school office for information of the assigned item for your site.  Please encourage students to participate in the spirit of giving by bringing food items specially selected.

Although there is a deadline for receiving the canned goods, there is no due date for collecting monetary donations.  The committee will be happy to take donations throughout the winter recess and into the New Year.  Checks should be made payable to Cheers for Children and given to your principal or assigned site chairperson. The site chairperson will then send the contributions to my office at the:       

Education Service Center
c/o Dr. Roger Rice, Superintendent
255 West Stanley Avenue, Suite 100
Ventura, CA, 93001

f you have any questions regarding this year’s Cheers for Children campaign, please contact Martha Macias at 641-5000 x 1014.

FOOD DRIVE DATES:   December 2, 2019 - December 19, 2019

There is a tremendous amount of work that goes on “behind the scenes” to make this event a reality.  If you are able to help with sorting, boxing or delivering, there is no need to call.  Please bring your friends and family.  Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Please note the important dates below which are held in Balboa Middle School Cafeteria.

SORTING & BOXING:            Friday, December 20 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
DELIVER FOOD BASKETS:    Saturday, December 21 at 8:00 a.m.

 Thank you so much for helping to make this season a joyous one for those less fortunate than ourselves.  Your support and generosity are greatly appreciated and I hope to see you there.

Happy Holidays!

Superintendent Dr. Roger Rice
Cheers for Children Chairperson


Cheers for Children Silent Auction


December 13-19, 2019
Items available for viewing and bidding


Thursday, December 19, at 3:30 pm
Silent auction closes

Ventura Unified School District
Education Service Center in the John Wooden Room/2nd floor


In the Ventura Unified School District we embrace families and the community as partners in education, and one of the greatest expressions of this commitment is our year-round support for families in need through Cheers for Children. Thanks to the thousands of donors to Cheers for Children over the years, we have been meeting needs in our community since 1952, and we look forward to being an agent of hope for decades to come.

This is your opportunity to give what you can to make a life a little better. The annual Cheers for Children silent auction is happening Pending, and we are currently seeking donations. Bring your quality handmade items, your services, your baked goods, your get-a-ways, and your one-of-a-kinds to the Education Service Center by  Tuesday December 10, 2019.

If you know of business who may wish to support Cheers for Children, follow this link to access the donor letter.


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