San Dieguito Academy Newspaper

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National Alliance on Mental Illness club members from left to right: Senior Alexa Mendes, Sophomore Mia Vassilovski, Senior and treasurer Sydney Bartholomew, Senior Brooke Levan, Senior and secretary Bronwyn Eyre, Freshman Alicia Lee, Senior and president Taylor Lee, and Senior and vice president Nicole Cockle

SDA’s Projector Night and NAMI Sock Drive

February 26, 2021

Disclaimer: A current ASB student wrote this

The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Club hosted an hour-long sock drive in the front parking lot at SDA on Feb. 25. The club passed out goody bags to everyone who donated and was accompanied in their efforts by 14 ASB students and the SDA Dance Team. 

The club received a total of approximately 600 pairs of socks for an organization called Humanity Reboxed. These socks will be given to those in need, helping to alleviate some of our homeless population’s struggles, including their fight against the cold.

The NAMI club chose to do a sock drive because of the prevalence of having a clean pair of socks when a person is experiencing homelessness. Many organizations will donate food and other apparel but often forget fundamental necessities like socks. NAMI also acknowledged the prevalence of mental health struggles within homeless communities and the importance of eliminating physical distress in combating mental health issues.  

NAMI has an active presence on SDA’s campus for years with AP Psychology teacher and staff advisor Mr. Hrzina. The club is known for the Gratitude Wall and has worked in conjunction with theatre in the past to create “Every Brilliant Thing,” a play that ran last year.

Cars were also greeted first by a group of ASB students waving them into the lot. Cars proceeded down the line to where ASB was handing out free VG donuts, and the SDA Dance team danced to rap music.

Projected against the back of the bathroom building for the field was a stream of old ASB student life videos featuring the faces of teachers and students alike while still on campus pre-pandemic. 

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