PFC President's Winter Message, 2020-21
Tue, Dec 1 9:07am

Dear Walnut Acres Families,

It’s December 1st, and the holidays are fast upon us. I hope you can safely celebrate with friends and family, and give the ‘gift of giving’ in these difficult times. So many are in need, and you can make a difference, however big or small!

Here are some local ideas:

Consider HOPE for Your Holiday Giving:

MDUSD’s Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) supports homeless students in our school district. You can:

  • Send $25-50 gift cards from Target • Walmart • 99 Cents/Dollar Tree • Old Navy • GAP • Generic prepaid credit cards • Fast Food & Other Restaurants. Gift cards can be mailed to: Mt. Diablo HOPE 2730 Salvio Street, Room 24 Concord, CA 94519
  • You can also make a tax-deductible cash donation by sending a check to the above address, or by utilizing the phone app Venmo and sending funds to MDUSD HOPE. Donations will be used to purchase holiday gift cards, or support HOPE students throughout the school year.

They are asking for donations by December 4th so that they can be used for the holidays. Questions? Email


Walnut Acres Holiday Toy Drive:

With the holidays upon us, it's time for Walnut Acres to reach out to the larger community with our annual Toy Drive benefiting Shore Acres Elementary. We will be accepting donations of gently used toys and books ONLY (no clothing) THIS WEEK in front of the school office. As a guide, donate only what you would be comfortable giving to a friend. Please email with questions or to volunteer with sorting and/or delivering donations.

Walnut Acres PFC Readathon & Jaguar Fund:

The Walnut Acres PFC is a non-profit, charitable organization responsible for school activities that build community, and fundraisers that raise money for staffing, enrichment, and vital campus materials support. It's for the kids!

  • The Readathon: Support our school by reading! Read, Have Fun, Raise Money and Earn Prizes! The last day is tomorrow, Wednesday, December 2nd. Our school’s main fundraising page is: WALNUTACRESREAD2020. You can also visit your student's personal 99pledges page that you received by email.  Thank you for supporting your reader(s)! 
  • Jaguar Fund: The Jaguar Fund is our year-round education fund, to help the PFC bridge the gap between public funding and the true cost of our children’s education at Walnut Acres. This year has been especially hard for us, because we did not have our in-person Jaguar Day walk through to collect funds. Our goal for the year is $180,000, and we are only half way there. Have you spotted a cute new car magnet, “Keep Calm and Jaguar On”? Donate to Jaguar Fund and we will thank you by mailing you a magnet for your car! JAGUAR FUND DONATIONS

While we would love nothing more than to host our annual PFC Holiday Party this month, we will have to skip it because of Covid-19 restrictions.  In the spirit of giving, the Walnut Acres PFC will instead donate the cost of the party to the MDUSD HOPE Program. A warm thank you to everyone who donates their time, money, and hearts to the Walnut Acres PFC every year in support of our school. Cheers!

Happy Holidays,

Brooke Giddings
Walnut Acres Elementary PFC President