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Monarch and Rotary recognized on ‘American Graduate Day’

September 20, 2016

Monarch School and Rotary were recognized on September 17, 2016 on public television’s fifth annual American Graduate Day program for their lasting partnership to educate homeless youth in San Diego, California.

The two organizations were recognized for their work mentoring students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving.

Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak, Director of Student Programs Andrew Schlegel appeared as guests, along with Monarch Alumna Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and the thousands of students who have attended the school.

When Monarch School was at risk of losing its lease amid redevelopment in downtown San Diego in 1998, members of the San Diego club came together, pooled their resources, and took action: ultimately finding a new location and leading efforts that raised $1.4 million for renovations, furniture and equipment.

Monarch School and Rotary were one of 25 nonprofits to be recognized during the broadcast, the culmination of a full week of primetime education coverage on PBS. Hosted by Soledad O’Brien, the show included celebrity guests such as basketball great Shaquille O’Neal, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and musician Rachel Platten.

‘American Graduate Day’ was streamed live from WNET in New York City and broadcast on public television stations across the United States.

Watch Monarch’s segment.

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