The Adopt-A-Family program helps facilitate the donation of items for families in need through the Poway Unified School District.

Local schools help families in need

By Ashley Shah

The holiday season is near, which means gifts and festivities. However, it’s not that way for some. Families within this very community are in need of help. 

Adopt-A-Family is a program run through the Poway Unified School District (PUSD). It is run and sponsored by the PTSA-PTA at a district level. 

Every campus in the district participates through their PTA. 

At Poway High School (PHS), Danielle Spartz is the Adopt-A-Family chair who reports to the district. 

Each chair receives a list of families in need, and then posts the items needed. Donors, “who adopt a family” can select from the items and then purchase them. Once the items are purchased, the donors can take those items to the front office of Poway High, located on 15500 Espola Road. There is a designated box for them.   

The Adopt-A-Family program requests that gifts be unwrapped, gift cards and gifts labeled with the family name and member. As for shoes and clothes, a receipt should be provided in case there is a need for exchanges. 

The deadline to donate items for PHS families is Friday, Dec. 6. 

After all items are turned in, they are sorted and bundled up so that they can be delivered to families in time for Christmas.

If all items are covered for families at PHS, there are still families at other schools in the district that could use support and donors. To sign up for families at other schools, the email contact is 

“On behalf of PHS PTSA, we would like to thank you for all your support in taking care of our PHS families in need,” Spartz said. 

There will be possible volunteering opportunities throughout the week of Dec. 9. To be a part of that, potential volunteers can contact Dorinda Soucek or Danielle Spartz at or phone (858) 271-8456. 

Blanca Fisher, a longtime volunteer of the program, keeps coming back for more.

“In my younger days, I’d be a family in need, and a program like this would have helped me. The kid in me wants to help out and contribute to an organization that helps around 500 families in our district,” Fisher said. 

This event is a district wide event that comes around each holiday season and is a way for members of this community to give back to others. 

For those interested in supporting PHS families, is the link to sign up.