Christine Saavedra (Pico Rivera)
September 13, 2015
Christine grew up in South Gate and moved to Pico Rivera in 1997 after she graduated from Bellflower High School. She is a mother of two boys 8 and 9 years old. They both attend Birney Elementary. She also has two goddaughters, one at The Steam Academy at Burke and one at El Rancho High School. Her sister, mother and brother live in Pico Rivera.
Christine started working for SA Recycling located in Pico Rivera in 2001, became involved with the Chamber of Commerce in 2014 and has been an active participant in Chamber events, such as mixers and business expos.
At the suggestion of her son, Christine began volunteering at Birney Elementary in 2011 and has been heavily involved as a volunteer for the school and the district. Always one to lend a hand, Christine as a mom, is the current president of the Birney Dad’s Club. The Dad’s Club started as an offshoot of the original PTA and has been around since the early 1950’s. The group participates in “Santa Runs” with local fire stations, where they ride along with Santa and on the fire truck delivering gifts, courtesy of the Dad’s Club, to students with special needs. They also raise money with food truck nights and by selling fireworks to raise funds for the Birney Alumni scholarship fund. Last year Christine presented $6,000 in scholarships to deserving students at the El Rancho Awards night.
Christine is driven by her children. She says “My children give me the best feedback. They like seeing me at their school. They like that other teacher’s know me. Because my son is in special education, I try to make myself as approachable and helpful to his teachers as possible and volunteering makes that possible.”
On a district level, as a member of the District Advisory Council, Christine knows firsthand what’s going on and what direction the district is moving in. She uses Facebook and Twitter to reach out to parents and families to keep them aware of available resources and activities occurring in the community.
Thank you Christine for all that you do and for what you mean to families in Pico Rivera.
You started as a mother working to do the best for your own children and now you have become a valued advocate for all children. You do everything possible to improve their lives and everyday make your community a better place.