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Team SISD men step into heels, raise top funds for YWCA Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes

Team SISD participating in YWCA Walk a Mile event

The Socorro Independent School District stepped out in full force in support of the 2021 YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on Oct. 22 at San Jacinto Plaza.

Men in SISD schools and departments joined Team SISD for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes annual event that raises awareness and support for women and children impacted by domestic violence.

SISD interim superintendent Marta C. Carmona, M.Ed. expressed her gratitude to all the men who participated and said it showed respect to the women and children in our community and their contributions to the worthy cause.

“I feel incredibly proud because today’s turnout shows that our district is united. We want to make sure that unity is evident in everything we do, including community service, which is a part of how we build relationships in our city,” Carmona said.

Team SISD members also showed their support with donations to sponsor participants.

Overall, SISD was named the top team, had the top fundraiser, the most donors, and raised almost $30,000, the most of any participating group.

“It’s great to be a part of a district that not only cares about our kids but our community in general and anything we can do to help out our community we are going to do it. We are going to be there,” said Socorro Middle School principal Mauro Guerrero. “We are proving that anything is possible when you work together as a team and that’s what we do at Team SISD.”

The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event benefits YWCA’s Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center where the organization provides shelter, support, and a second chance for women and children who have survived domestic violence and other forms of abuse or trauma.

The pledge-based YWCA fundraiser is part of the international men’s march to stop any form of violence or assault and raises funds to offer families a better life by helping provide housing, case management, life skills, education opportunities, and assist women and children experiencing homelessness.

“There are a lot of men who do not support domestic violence, who would never hit their spouse or a child,” said Sylvia Y. Acosta, CEO for the YWCA. “Those are the men who need to say stop, no to domestic violence and that it won’t be tolerated anymore. Socorro ISD does a tremendous job representing that.”

Published November 23, 2021

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