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Thank You Gridley Lions Club!!!

Mi Casa Education Inc would love to thank the Gridley Lions Club for their generous donation to our after school program! Gridley Lions Club generosity is key to our continued success. This donation will allow us to maintain our doors open to continue to serve our community, allow for enrichment opportunities, as well reward students. Your support helps further our mission of supporting and encouraging active citizens for our community, locally and beyond. Since 2000, the students and staff have made many positive choices; addressed the needs of parents, neighbors and community, become active leaders and role models for their families and pursued their high school diploma, as well as advanced educational degrees. Thank you for your continued commitment to education. We are very grateful Gridley Lions Club!

Summer Camp 2022

While Covid-19 is still among us- we can’t forget about Summer! This year we continued with our Summer program with a twist. While last years program was very educational, this year our main focus was to make the program interactive. We begin the day at 8:30 with breakfast and move to our groove with music time. Here the students “wake up!” We sing and dance to songs like itsy bitsy spider, Jack Hartman, and musical chairs. After music time, we do Story Time, in story time, the students familiarize themselves with classical fairytales such as Goldilocks and The 3 Little Bears, The 3 Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood. They then proceed to turn it into a play and act it out in front of their peers. After the students will have a light snack and engage in physical education. Once they have finished p.e. they come inside and focus on Art. After art time the day ends with lunch.

Congrats to the class of 2022!

“Veni, Vidi, Vicci- I came. I saw. I conquered.”

We are ecstatic to share that this year we have had the biggest graduating class from high school. This group of wonderful students have walked through our doors since they were Kindergartners! It has been an honor to tutor and watch them excel throughout the years. We also have some student alumni’s who graduated as well who are included in the following post. Congratulations to all! We look forward to seeing what you will become!

A Summer Around the World 2021

The students at Mi C.A.S.A Education Inc went abroad last summer! While Covid-19 was not gone, our after school program was able to enjoy a 4-week summer session. We allowed a limited number of students into the building and social distanced, as well as took the correct protocols to enforce safety. (temperature checks, washing hands, wearing masks, etc) The programs schedule began by having breakfast, then there was an emphasis on science, culture, art, math and of course, physical education, we ended the day at noon by having lunch before dismissal. Students were separated by grade and in groups of no more than 4, one lead teacher and one aide helping daily. In science, students learned about the life cycle of a butterfly, the water cycle, ecosystems and animals. In culture we “traveled” to Uganda, London, Mexico, China. Our focus on art was based on the countries we traveled to- we explored Big Ben, pinatas, fine China, etc. In regards to art, we played games such as loteria, we tried English tea, we made homemade tortillas, pinatas with paper machè, and dragons. Our last day of program was full of fun, water bucket trivia, kickball, and of course water balloons!

Last day Fun!

Chinese cookies did NOT originate in China, rather in San Francisco.

AmazonSmile -You Shop, Amazon Gives

Like most of you, shopping for needs and essentials, especially during the current pandemic, has been a nightmare. So what do we do? We switch over to online shopping of course. There are many pros to online shopping; no long check out lines, shopping from the comfort of your home while staying safe and budget awareness. But what if I told you that you can now shop online for yourself while donating to a charity all at the same time? Mi C.A.S.A Eduction is now affilitated with AmazonSmile.

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is an easy way for you to support Mi C.A.S.A Education Inc every time you make a purchase on Amazon, and it doesn’t cost you a penny extra! When you shop at you will see the same items, for the same prices, but Amazon donates a portion of your purchase to Mi C.A.S.A Education Inc!

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

Instead of going to to shop, simply go to to shop! Don’t forget to bookmark the page for ease of finding it the next time! 

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

There are millions of products available and eligible for donations. Look for the products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product details page.  

Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same. 

How do I select Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select Mi C.A.S.A Education Inc to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping, by typing our name in to the bar to select your own charity. Your selection will be remembered, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation. 

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges.  

Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?

Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.

January 2021 Newsletter

To 0ur Friends and Sponsors ,

Our name tells you that we, our students, families, tutors, and board strive to be healthy in Character, Academics, Service and Achievement.  2020 was a strange year.  

We attempted to assist students with the virtual learning classes presented by the school district in the spring of 2020. Most of our students did not have theknow how, experience or confidence to participate, and just dropped out, stayed indoors, and waited. During the summer, having hopes of presenting a summer learning option, staff trained and prepared activities. As the COVID 19 cases rose, we closed completely and put our training and preparations on the back shelf for future opportunitiesIn the fall, the schools opened to ZOOM classes, and review software. Again the farm labor students were unable to participate. 6 weeks into school, parents reached out to Mi CASA and our staff was able to put the primary students into ZOOM classes (on the chrome books provided by the district teachers) and open up instructional software. We were with the students from the time school opened in the morning until 2:30 in the afternoon. Students flourished and got involved. When the buses came and classes opened up for in person lessons, we returned to our after school support role. We serve the primary students, but are pleased to know that the older students are doing their best.

We must share, that Yessenia Castaneda’s entry into the annual “What Home Means to Me” poster contest won at the national level. Her poster will be included in the National Housing Authority 2021 calendar, Congratulations, Yessenia!

Also, past high school graduate, Armando Garcia, is registered in the Political Science Department of U.C.Berkeley this spring ! Great job, Armando!

We have all the COVID 19 precautions in place. Staff and students have their temperature read and recorded upon entry, then, there is a screening of symptoms and contacts which is recorded. Next, students and staff wash their hands with warm soapy water and go to their designated learning space. Using social distancing, there is one tutor per student, or family group (the twins have a tutor). All of us want to stay well.

Remarkably, everyone is reading, completing their homework and several virtual learning sessions, writing paragraphs, and memorizing math facts, just like always. But this year, with all the challenges and 6 months of no school in 2020, it is wonderful to see students moving ahead to succeed in school. The staff is dedicated to their students and Mi CASA . Thanks to you, your faith in us, and your encouragement, we continue to help farm labor students do their best and  help farm labor families keep safe and well. Your donation cover the expenses incurred by social distanced tutoring, motivational awards and required non profit expenses. Thank you!

Staff and Board of Mi C.A.S.A. EDUCATION, INC.

What Home Means To Me Contest Finalist!

Mi C.A.S.A is thrilled to announce that one of our very own students, Yessenia Castaneda, age 10, was a finalist in the What Home Means to Me Contest by NAHRO in Washington D.C.!

NAHRO stands for National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, their mission statement is to be the leading housing and community development association that inspires the creation of strong and sustainable communities. 

This contest started in 2008 and recognizes the art of students who live in affordable housing across the country. The artwork must share the visual thoughts or ideas of how the students views their home. each year, hundreds of students, ages 5-18,  participate in the contest.  

The final contest, conducted in Washington, D.C., is the culmination of numerous poster contests held by public housing authorities all across the United States. Three judges choose 13 winners from hundreds of entries to be featured in NAHRO’s “What Home Means to Me” calendar. 

Although our very own, Yessenia, did not win first place, she is the Regional Elementary School Winner! 

Her artwork will be featured in the 2021 calendar. We are delighted that we have such a talented young girl in our community of Gridley and are very proud of her! 

2019 Updates

Congratulations! Your support of Mi C.A.S.A. contributed to the success of 2 more farm labor graduates of Cal State Chico, and one in Cal State Sacramento, and 2 Gridley High School graduates. Plus, homework assistance and internet access were used to help 4 Gridley High School freshmen and 8 middle school students.  50 elementary and primary school age students received homework assistance, math and writing tutoring, practice with California State Core curriculum and use of a complete library. Daily, all year long, all students in second through sixth grade read an additional 20 or more minutes. We realize that reading affects many life skills.

All this educational support from adult professionals and paraprofessionals fed youth self confidence to face daily challenges. Youth had the strength to make positive choices. Examples of particularly outstanding choices include many volunteers for various community events: Steve was a clerk at Santa’s Workshop, Jaime was a host at Santa’s breakfast, Jesus and Eva were Easter Bunnies at the LIONS Club Easter Egg Hunt, Alex and Silvia were hostesses at a Dragon Lea dinner, Miguel and Rosa assisted at the A.A.U.W. Tech Trek fundraiser. Students were teammates for their favorite sport, leaders in Associated Student Body activities and members of school music programs.

The adult staff at Mi C.A.S.A., the youth participants, and the families at the Housing Authority of Butte County appreciate our partnership. We urge you to make your annual donation promptly, or use our website to set up an automatic monthly pay pal account.  100% of your donation works to help farm labor students.

Our annual appreciation dinner and program is scheduled for November 22, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Mi C.A.S.A. building at 1587 Booth Drive. Please R.S.V.P. your attendance and the size of your group to There will be dinner and a fabulous student program. Donations are appreciated, but not required. Another opportunity is our 2020, Mi C.A.S.A. Spring Dinner fundraiser, on February 15, 2020 at Butte Hall. Gourmet Greek pita sandwiches (your choice, tri tip or chicken), Greek salad, rice, flan and churros will be served in a rich blue and yellow French Riviera ambiance for only $20.00 per ticket. The number of tickets is limited. Plan ahead, now. Dinners-to-go are available.  Watch for tickets to be on sale after M.L.K. weekend at U.P.S., ACE HARDWARE, and BUTTE INSURANCE.

Since the inception of the homework program for the Housing Authority of Butte County farm labor youth in 2000, more than 1000 young lives have been touched by you and your support. In advance, thank you for your loyal and generous gift!!



Kathy McKenzie, Director