San Marino High School Mending Kids Campus Club Receives Award

San Marino High School (SMHS) for Mending Kids Club (SMHS 4 MKI) was recently recognized for its community assistance with helping children in various hospitals. The campus club is affiliated with Mending Kids International – a group of physicians who perform corrective transformational surgeries to needy children worldwide. Laura Ives and Kathie Blanton are co-advisors for the club.

The club was honored in November at the MKI’s Annual Gala in Santa Monica with a “Teen Leadership Award”. This award was in recognition for their outstanding assistance and work with children at local hospitals. SMHS 4 MKI annually organizes a classroom donation drive for “goodie bag” items, such as lollipops; bubbles, crayons, hair ties and ribbons, matchbox cars, sunglasses and small stuffed animals. The club members fill the “goodie bags” with these items and distribute them to the patients before they leave post surgery. They have also made fleece tied blankets for the children.

SMHS 4 MKI has hosted two after school events with doctors as guest speakers who shared why they volunteer with MKI. In addition, several student members have volunteered and worked summer internships with MKI. The SMHS 4 MKI has truly made a difference in helping kids!

San Marino High School, 2701 Huntington Drive, San Marino, (626) 299-7020 or visit


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