Pandemic or not, Pacifica High School’s Adopt-A-Child brings holiday cheer

Pacifica High School’s annual Adopt-A-Child event been a winter tradition for more than 30 years. And it wasn’t about to give way to a pandemic.

On Monday, Dec. 14, more than 250 seniors and two dozen staff members from the Garden Grove campus loaded up a pair of buses and delivered toys to over 280 kindergarteners, taking all the necessary precautions to make it a safe hand-off.

Three students with presents

The students on the receiving end attend schools with the district’s highest percentages of free and reduced price lunches — specifically Clinton, Eisenhower, Hazard, Heritage and Simmons elementary schools.

“I am extremely proud of the Pacifica seniors for their resiliency and selflessness during this time,” said Teri Rocco, a trustee on the Garden Grove Unified School District’s Board of Education. “They understand how important Adopt-A-Child is and worked hard to make sure they still were able to make this holiday season special for a group of deserving children.”