CHS students organize support systems for Ukraine families


As the Ukraine crisis continues to progress, students at Calabasas High School are creating different ways to help support Ukraine from across the world. 

Lexi Pendola, a junior at CHS, has been tutoring kids in Ukraine for the past ten months. When the war started, Pendola created a GoFundMe to support the kids that she tutors, as well as their families.

“I have been in contact with [a student’s] teacher, sending her money through the Western Union bank,” said Pendola. “With the money raised, [the teacher] is providing necessities and food, and paying for the utilities.” 

Pendola is publicizing her fundraiser on social media and through word of mouth to friends and family. She hopes to reach her goal of $10,000. 

Another junior at CHS, Sofia Bronshteyn, has family members from Ukraine and is eager to contribute her help in any way possible. Bronshteyn is an ambassador of Bstrong, an organization run by entrepreneur Bethany Frankel. She is determined to promote this organization and its fundraisers to aid people in Ukraine.

“I am organizing a donation drive through the National Honor Society and Calabasas as a whole so everyone can donate either at school or at the Calabasas Library,” said Bronshteyn. “This fundraiser is to cover shipping costs so [the students] can ship the supplies to Florida and then to the distribution center. [It is then sent] to Poland and other NATO countries to distribute the supplies.”

Care packages were collected by CHS National Honors Society and Meaningful Teens Club throughout the month of March and are currently being sent out to families in Ukraine.