La Jolla’s San Diego French-American School donates $5,000 to three charities


By Ashley Mackin

The San Diego French-American School, 6550 Soledad Mountain Road in La Jolla, donated more than $5,000 to three charities at a small ceremony Dec. 17. Through a jog-a-thon in November 2012, the students raised $11,320. Half of the money went to the school and the other half was distributed between Angels Foster Family Network, Father Joe’s Villages and Hands United for Children.

Representatives from the three organizations came to collect their gifts and each explained how the donation would benefit their cause. Tessa Maxsimic, director of special events for Father Joe’s, said the money would buy gifts for homeless children. Hands United director Agnes Barrelet said the donation would help construct a classroom in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Angels Foster Family Network assistant director Rachel Zahn said the money would fund programs to support local foster families with babies.