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New Student Council Executive Board raises $2,500 in annual toy drive

Life Chiropractic College West’s newly elected Student Council Executive Board has spent the past month spreading the school’s Lasting Purpose as part of an annual tradition. The school’s annual toy drive, which this year benefits the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, has raised approximately $2,500, and 100 toys were also donated by members of the Life West community.

Toys and supplies from Life West’s annual toy drive are prepared for distribution to local children.

Led by new president Sagi Hebron, the Student Council accepted donations of money and new, unwrapped toys throughout November and early December. Students, faculty, staff, and community members chipped in roughly $1,500, and Student Council donated $1,000 out of its own budget to support the cause.

“It’s always great to give back,” Hebron said. “As chiropractic students, we’re taught to give, do, love, and serve out of our own abundance. During the holiday season, this allows us to do that and support those who really need it.”

The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, or H.A.R.D., aims to enrich the quality of life for the community by providing a variety of recreation activities, parks, and facilities that promote health and wellness, learning, and fun. Toys will be distributed to local children, and the Student Council used the money raised to buy more educational toys and supplies from Lakeshore Learning in nearby San Leandro.

More on the new executive board

Hebron heads a board that was elected by the student body earlier in the Fall quarter. The new president is joined by vice president Sophia Grandstaff, secretary Julia Rose, and treasurer Armoni Rivers.

Hebron and Grandstaff have prior experience on the board. Hebron was elected secretary last year and served as vice president for most of 2020, while Grandstaff served as secretary after Hebron changed roles in February.

I am super-excited to start my position as president because this is where I feel comfortable,” Hebron said. “I am excited to connect to the student body in a more direct manner. I plan on increasing the efficiency of the clinic and curriculum so that we, the students, gain the confidence to be out and about two quarters before we graduate.”

Rose and Rivers are both newer to Life West. Rivers is completing his sixth quarter of studies, while Rose is finishing her fourth quarter. Both have been active members of the student body, and Student Life Manager Dani Lorta says she’s excited to work with the new board.

“We’re lucky to have two experienced board members along with two new members who are already working to bring new ideas and projects to the Student Council,” she said. “I’m looking forward to working with this board to create meaningful and engaging student experiences over the next several quarters.”

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