School receives grant from Aid to Humanity
Walnut High School received a $5,000 grant during a charity-based event hosted by the Iglesia Ni Cristo, Aid to Humanity, Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College.
Basketball coach Joe Khouzam wanted to create a new locker room for boys basketball, girls basketball and girls volleyball. After searching for grants to help cover the cost, he discussed an opportunity involving the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation, Inc. and Iglesia Ni Cristo with city board member Cindy Ruiz, and Principal Ryan Maine helped to finalize the grant.
“I felt excited [because] we’ve been trying to get the lockers in there for a while, but it’s just pretty pricey,” Khouzam said. “We’ve had a lot of obstacles, but a lot of doors are starting to open.”
Social science teacher Drew Johannsen attended the Aid to Humanity event to accept the $5,000 check dedicated to helping out Walnut’s athletic program.
“Now, [the students are] going to have a place that they can call their own — a nice little team room,” Khouzam said. “It’ll be good for our programs to have our own home to go to.”
By Andrew Kim, Feature editor
Photo by Tristan Gonzalez