Students at Together We Thrive EventOn August 2, 2014, Skyline College hosted Together We Thrive (TWT). Families in the community came to campus for an exchange of needed goods. Skyline College students Nicole Garza and Irene Yim conceived the idea because Skyline College is in one of the richest counties in the country but approximately 18% of the population is living below the poverty line and an additional unknown percentage is below the housing wage. Nicole and Irene raised over $1,500 to purchase school supplies and backpacks for kids in the local community. About 80 children showed up in the Student and Community Center to receive their backpacks filled with school supplies. The accompanying clothes drive was successful and everyone is looking forward to next year’s TWT event.

The ECE/EDU students that participated, really enjoyed coming together to participate in an event that benefited young children and spoke about organizing a club in order to network and be a part of more events benefiting children and families.


At the event, activity tables were hosted by Gaylord Garcia (Respiratory Therapy Program), Kristina Brower (Early Childhood Education), Mary DeAngles (Karate club), Sherri Bookstaff (Biology Department), and John Carpio (Photography Club).


Nicole and Irene reached out to the community and received cash donations to purchase school supplies from the following.


  • San Francisco Plumbing
  • Ideal Carpentry
  • Lakewood Apartments
  • Nicks Seafood Restaurant
  • SF Department of Building Inspections
  • Target
  • Outback
  • Home Depot
  • Skyline College Cosmetology
  • Genentech


Students at Together We Thrive Event Volunteer at Together We Thrive Event

Article by Christine Case & Kristina Brower | Photos by John Carpio