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Altrusa of the Central Coast will help Santa Maria High School Chicano/Latino Studies students “Pay It Forward” in a positive youth program.

The non-profit organization will deliver three dozen copies of the book “Pay It Forward Youth Edition” and another book called “Always Running” to the Saints between 10:25 a.m. and 11:25 a.m. on Friday, January 19th.

“Pay It Forward” is about a movement started by a young student who wanted to change the world for the better by performing three favors for a stranger and seeking nothing in return. “Always Running” is a story about a young Chicano student who gives a personal account of the downfalls of gangs and drugs and how he rose above them.

“All students should have the opportunity to learn about themselves and others,’’ said Chicano/Latino Studies Teacher Ricardo Valencia, adding he’s very excited about the partnership. “When students can see themselves in what they read, it inspires them to be proud of who they are and see their connection to humanity as a whole. Thank you, Altrusa, for making this learning opportunity possible!’’

Altrusa and WonHeart started the Pay It Forward Campaign last year by buying Youth Edition books for three English classes at Battles Elementary School. They also have partnered on many events to help improve the quality of life and literacy.

Valencia, who heard about the outreach and requested the literature for his students, said he and his students are very excited about the new partnership.

“We look forward to checking back and interviewing both the teacher and some students regarding their thoughts on the books and if anything changed within themselves,’’ said Altrusa Secretary Joelyn Lutz.


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