“As the year comes to a close, we took a step back and realized that we’ve matured, and the uncertainty of our past selves vanishes with our culmination to leadership. Leadership taught us the value and pride in working hard for something we care about. It taught us that to get something done we will have to face obstacles, but if it’s something you are passionate about, then you should be willing to give your all and maintain your dedication.”

To draw attention to homelessness, Holmes Middle School focused on the U.N. goal of No Poverty, Zero Hunger. Through their numerous drives including a school supply drive, sock drive, and a Boxes of Love drive, where Christmas gifts were collected for overlooked middle schoolers, over 5,000 items were donated toward their cause. They established the Holmes Comfort Closet providing nourishment and necessities for the homeless students in their own school.  With hopes of continuing to better the lives of the less fortunate, the SIA team branched out by collaborating with the YMCA, Valley Food Bank, and San Fernando Rescue Mission in planning a Homeless Walk-A-Thon and Fall Information Fair to further educate their community on homelessness in their neighborhood.