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Nearly 40 years ago a small group of women in the Coronado Cays began an organization to help improve life for children around San Diego. Over time the organization has evolved into what FOCUS is today, a group of men and women in Coronado dedicated to providing direct support for charitable foundations and partners that seek to assist children in need locally. Today Pat Robitaille is the president of FOCUS, (Friends of Children United Society), and I had a chance to speak with her more about the group.

“When I first moved to Coronado just a few years ago,” Robitaille began, “my neighbor happened to be a part of FOCUS and said I should start out shopping [for FOCUS] and get involved.” While FOCUS raises money to support charitable groups and agencies (100% of which always goes to the foundations), members also take a direct approach with support by providing agencies with much-needed items such as beds, clothes, food – whatever immediate needs are requested that can be met. “When you go into the agency and find out what it’s all about, you find how much these things can really make a difference,” Robitaille said.

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All Coronado Unified School District CUSD schools closed on Monday, March 16, due to the COVID-19 virus. Shortly thereafter, the district instituted the Distance Learning Plan, a plan where parents went on-line, located the student’s grade level, and were able to find lesson plans for reading, math, and writing. The projected end date for Distance Learning Plan is targeted for June 11.

CUSD provided a Chromebook to any student who requested one from the