IMPERIAL â€“Â As advocates for children in the foster program, CASA of Imperial Valley along with the Sheriff’s Activity League (SAL), hosted a celebratory lockdown at Ricochet Rec Center June 16 for a night of fun with students in foster care and to commemorate the students’ dramatic improvement in academic performances.
â€œThis is the second activity we’ve put on this year,â€ said Board President Chuck Fisher. â€œWe are extremely lucky that we have received as many donations to make all this possible.â€
To start the evening, children bounced all around the Ricochet center’s trampolines, using the foam pits to see how far they could jump. After hour of bounce time came to a close, everyone gathered in the recreation room for refreshments and a movie to bring the night to a finish.
The CASA foster care committee sponsored this event for over 75 of their foster kids that have shown academic improvement. Not only children from CASA attended this lockdown, SAL brought out a few children of their own who were overachievers.
â€œWe are doing this end of the year celebration for the children that have show significant academic improvement,â€ said SAL executive director Alex Cardenas. â€œAnd we hope to start recognizing the students each quarter instead of just like at Christmas.â€
CASA has future events planned including a pool party in July, and a shoe give-away later this summer to provide children with proper footwear for the summer months.