La Quinta teen wants to repay elementary school that shaped her with school supplies

Alyssa Torres figures she owes a lot to Saul Martinez Elementary in Mecca. It’s where she attended kindergarten through sixth grade, learned about life, and to her it felt more like a family than a school. 

Video: High Schooler organizes school supply drive



Now, as a senior at La Quinta School, she’s in position to give back.

“I remember being little and thinking that I wanted to be able help this school,” said Torres, whose grandmother Nancy Rios has been a nurse at Saul Martinez since it opened in 1997. “I noticed back then that teachers were buying supplies for their students out of pocket, and as we got older they would tell us, ‘Honestly, if you can bring your own supplies, can you please do that, because I can’t pay for everyone.’ And that stuck with me.”

a person standing in front of a window: La Quinta High School senior Alyssa Torres moves donated items from Walmart at the school in La Quinta, Calif., on September 18, 2020. Torres is collecting school supplies in front of La Quinta High School on Saturday morning, September 26th. The entire collection will be donated to Saul Martinez Elementary in Mecca, where she attended school.

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