More and more people have made it a habit to recycle. In San Juan Unified, most schools have a recycling program. New San Juan High School is taking their proceeds and making a huge impact: by reaching out to a member of their family and donating to the Getty Owl Foundation.
Kate Mathany stopped teaching U.S. history and government at New San Juan back in 2010, shortly after her 4-month-old baby was diagnosed with a condition that weakens muscles in the body. The teacher took a leave of absence, but never came back. Her daughter requires around-the-clock care, so Kate is now a stay at home mom. Even though she isn't at the school every day, her presence still lingers. Not just through students, teachers and staff talking about memories of her being there, but through a special little girl in her life: her daughter, Getty Owl.
Watch this story to see how students at New San Juan High School are contributing to finding a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy and how little Getty is the inspiration of it all.
Visit GettyOwl.org for more information about SMA, to read about Getty's blog and to find out how you can help.