USMC recognizes Rancho Encinitas Academy support of marines


The U.S. Marine Corps, School of Infantry (West), recognized the efforts of teachers and students at Rancho Encinitas Academy for their support of Marines and their families during the holiday season. A certificate of appreciation signed by Col. Christopher J. Williams was presented to teacher Amy Becker, who spearheaded the campaign to collect gift cards and shop for toys and clothes for two military families in need.

The schoolwide event raised more than $2,000.

After collecting all the donations, the middle school students shopped for gifts and clothes with their teachers. The items, with several gift cards, were presented to two Marine Corps families, who were selected and surprised by their Senior Leaders. One of the families includes a couple with five children, and the other family has a baby on the way.

“Any nice gesture will surely lift their spirits during this holiday season,” Becker said.

In a letter addressed to the school, Col. Williams highlighted the difference that Rancho Encinitas Academy has made for local military families.

“Please know that your contributions have immeasurably enhanced the quality of life for many of our Marine Corps families,” he wrote. “I have received numerous positive comments from Marines of all ranks expressing their substantial appreciation for the generosity your group has demonstrated during this and past holiday season.”

Rancho Encinitas Academy prides itself on the many service-oriented projects it provides to the community including volunteering each year at Rancho Coastal Humane Society, feeding the homeless, disaster relief, and the annual support provided to Marines and their families during the holiday season. Call 760-942-2011 or visit or connect on Facebook,