Last night, Breakthrough students and staff attended the grand re-opening of McDonald’s San Juan Capistrano. The four Breakthrough high school students: Alan, Jason, Ellie, and Natalie volunteered at the event, helping greet attendees. Throughout the night, students also got a chance to meet and talk to San Juan community members, including the mayor and city council members.

Ross Pollard, the owner of San Juan’s McDonald’s, gave a speech thanking the community for their support and announced his partnership with the Breakthrough SJC program. He showed his appreciation for the program saying, “Thank you. You are your students are doing great things for our community and we are happy to support your efforts with this partnership.” He then presented AmeriCorps VISTA Community Outreach Coordinator Lily Panish with a donation for Breakthrough SJC. We are grateful for Ross Pollard and McDonald’s San Juan Capistrano support and thank them for their generosity. We also look forward to continuing our partnership with a McStudents fundraiser night on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the local McDonald’s. Come out to support our program and a local business!