By Chris Frost
Oxnard—A large crowd of hungry supporters stopped by Driffill Elementary School on June 8, ready to enjoy breakfast and support Driffill's Winter Closet at the Second Annual Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Downtown Oxnard Lion's Club.
Attendees enjoyed delicious pancakes, thick and fluffy, along with fruit, sausage, bacon, coffee, and lots more.
Carol Flores Beck has been the principal of Driffill for nine years and plans to retire at the end of the year after 39 years of teaching children.
"We have a wonderful partnership with the Oxnard Downtown Lions Club, and this is their second event for us," she said. "They help us with our Winter Closet, which helps our families in need that sometimes need an extra jacket, pair of pants, tennis shoes or backpacks, and so forth. They also help us with our Christmas baskets for our families."
The first fundraiser by the Lions generated enough money to last two years, she said, and they hope the event will carry them through the next school year and do beautiful things for the kids.
"Driffill Elementary School got started in 1946 and added a second story five years ago so that the school could house the seventh and eighth-grade classes," she said.
"The school is approximately 1,200 students in downtown Oxnard," she added.
The relationship between the school and the Lions Club she called "a partnership in crime."
"I am a member of the Lions, and it was a partnership from the Latino Expo, and Adam Casillas," she said.
The school had eighth grade award night, June 7, and Flores Beck looked forward to graduation on June 10.
"We had over 100 students being recognized out of a class of 132 and 61 students were recognized as honor students, 3.0-grade point average or above," she said. "We have a wonderful school and wonderful administrators and teachers."
The school's theme is love, she said, and many parents attended the school as children.
"We are a school of high expectations, our kids know it, and we follow a positive behavior program here," she said.
LaRay Figueroa teaches third graders, and she loves coming out and supporting the school.
"This is going to help the students," she said. "This fundraiser is for clothes for people who need it or backpacks. The teachers recommend kids who need clothes."
She skipped breakfast and was starving.
"I'll probably have two pancakes," she said.
Lions Member Tomas Garcia loves being part of the organization's service projects and said the secret to a good pancake is good batter and do not overmix it.
"It's easy to do and a lot of fun," he said. "Once we're all done and everybody's gone, we're the last ones to eat."
The kids were watching Garcia work the flat top and flip those cakes.
"We're right off the street, so it worked out fine," he said. People are driving by and saying what's going on?"
Eighth Grader Adan said the pancakes are perfect.
"I like them, and like putting a lot of syrup on them to give them a lot of taste," he said. "I skipped breakfast, so I am hungry."
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