Service above self
Alyse Cronin, a Carondelet High School senior, was honored with a Jefferson Award for her service on behalf of the migrant farm workers in Gonzales and was chosen to represent the Central Coast Region at the National Jefferson Awards Ceremony to be held in June in Washington, D.C. In October 2010, Alyse participated in Carondelet's four-day volunteer Ven a Ver (Come and See) Program, which offers students the opportunity to live and volunteer in the Salinas Valley. She also invested her own time and founded the nonprofit Running With Love to remove barriers inhibiting the Hispanic migrant population of Gonzales from achieving a high school education, and the expectation to raise its lowest-in-the-state graduation rate to 100 percent. On the third week of every month, she solicits donations: in September, it was for warm school clothing; in October, age-appropriate books; in November, 27 families received food baskets; and December, toys, food, treats and Santa. She continues monthly donations, driving packages the 110 miles to Gonzales.