Welcome Charlie Sleep and Florence Oneto who will be at our meeting this week to share
the wonderful Child Spree event with us.
(Read a little more about our guest speakers at the end of this story.)
Caroline 'Charlie' Sleep          Florence Oneto
More than 100 Elk Grove Unified students will enjoy a $150 back-to-school shopping spree on Saturday, July 30, 2016 to shop for back to school clothing at the Elk Grove Kohl’s store.  Childspree is an event for select students who are in need of school clothes, backpacks and school supplies. The students range from kindergarten through 5th grade.
Students will shop with chaperones from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the Kohl’s store located at 9650 Bruceville Road.  Students participating in the event are identified through Healthy Start, Project Act and Foster Youth Services. 
The day includes a pancake breakfast in the parking lot, prepared and served by Elk Grove Lions Club and their members.  Vision To Learn will provide their vision van, free eye exams and glasses for students at the rear of the store. Great Clips will offer free haircuts in the staff room for the students.  Each student will receive a backpack filled with school supplies, compliments of Soroptimist International of Elk Grove and Paula Maita. Safe Kids Greater Sacramento will provide free booster seats and fire alarm batteries to families participating in this event. In addition, the University of California, Davis will provide free bicycle helmets to the students and Elk Grove Unified Healthy Start Program will provide oral dental supplies.
Event Vendors include: Elk Grove Optimist, Kohl’s, Vision To Learn, Elk Grove Lions Club, UC Davis hospitals, California Highway Patrol, Elk Grove Police Department, Soroptimist International of Elk Grove, Cosumnes CSD Fire Department, Paula Maita, Great Clips, Trader Joe’s, Double R DJ Entertainment, Pins and Strikes, Safe Kids Greater Sacramento, Project ACT and Molina Health Care Systems.
Event Sponsors include: Elk Grove Optimist, Gil Moore Family Foundation, Elk Grove Lions, Sacramento Optimist Breakfast Club, Sutterville Heights Optimist Club, Kohl’s, Lyon’s Real Estate, Elk Grove Rotary, Laguna Sunrise Rotary,  Gene Murray, Soroptimist International of Elk Grove, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and many anonymous sponsors in the community.
Volunteers will represent the following organizations:  Elk Grove Unified school District, Elk Grove Optimists, Vision to Learn, Soroptimists of Elk Grove, Elk Grove Rotary, Elk Grove Lions, Laguna Sunrise Rotary, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Lyon Real Estate and various members of the Elk Grove Community.
On behalf of the Elk Grove Optimist and the Elk Grove Unified School District we wish to extend our sincere thanks for your collaboration on this project!
A little more about our guest speakers:
Charlie Sleep moved to Elk Grove from the Bay Area 3 years ago.  She earned my Bachelors of Arts in Human Development from Sonoma State University in 1998.  Charlie is a local Realtor with RE/MAX Gold in Elk Grove.  Over the years she have earned several designations - BA, GRI, CNE, E-Pro, NREMT.  Charlie has been practicing for over 13 years serving the Bay Area and Sacramento representing Buyers, Sellers and Investors.   She is also an Nationally Registered EMT and currently work with Cosumnes CSD Fire Dept as the Training Coordinator as well as a First Responder for the CERT Team.  In addition, Charlie serve as the Treasurer for the Elk Grove Optimist Club as well as the Coordinator and Chair for the Childspree/Kohl's Program.  
Florence Oneto a long time employee of the Elk Grove Unified School District with over 25 years of experience providing mental, behavioral and social service support to children, ages birth to adult and their families.  In October 2015, she was hired as the coordinator of the David Reese Student Support Center (formerly Healthy Start), taking up the position following Sandy Waite’s retirement after many years as the coordinator at the Reese Center.  Florence hopes to continue the long tradition in our center of collaborating with community organizations and agencies to bring valued programs and services to students who are most in need of support and opportunity to reach their fullest potential.