Vin Scully Serves as 2016 Della Robbia Wreath ChairmanOct 28, 2016 -
Della Robbia Wreath Program Creates Year-Round Student Jobs
Like most holiday traditions, Boys Republic’s are made at home. On its main Chino Hills campus, Della Robbia wreaths have been a Christmas custom since 1923. Every holiday season, disadvantaged students and the staff who supervise them fashion the merry boughs for families and friends of the agency.
Rustic seed pods, pine cones, bright lemons and ruby apples, and fresh evergreen boughs. The naturally adorned wreaths are not only a symbol of an enduring Christmas tradition but the very means by which students work and grow. Students prepare for wreath production year-round by sorting, cleaning and drilling the teasel, lotus pods, and flowering eucalyptus that decorate the wreaths. The months teenagers spend creating the natural ornaments serve them well once wreath production begins.
Just before Thanksgiving, wreath assembly starts in Boys Republic’s pod barn. Industrious teens continue sorting through bins of seeds and pods while other students help staff encrust the evergreen boughs with fruit for festive flair. The decorated Della Robbia wreaths are hoisted onto a conveyor belt and carried to the shipping room where students box the wreaths and slide them to teenagers stacking them in delivery trucks.
Wreath production engages students at risk for failure in the community in real-life work experiences. Whether teens pick through pine cones or work together packaging the wreaths, every student practices the habits he will need in any job. From following a supervisor’s directions to reporting to their shifts on time, students learn how to work responsibly in the wreath warehouse.
As the teens prepare to serve the Boys Republic community by assembling the distinctive wreaths, community supporters ensure that the agency’s largest self-help effort is successful. For fifty years, notable Americans have publicly promoted the wreath campaign. Legendary sportscaster Vin Scully is the latest to serve as the Honorary National Della Robbia Wreath Chairman. In this role, Mr. Scully has generously appeared in literature advertising the Della Robbia wreath program.
Vin Scully’s voice has resonated in homes across the nation for sixty-seven years. The longtime Los Angeles Dodgers announcer is renowned for painting vivid word pictures of baseball for sports enthusiasts and novices alike. The 2016 Major League Baseball season marks Mr. Scully’s last announcing for the Dodgers before his retirement. Known in Los Angeles as “the voice of summer,” Mr. Scully’s many achievements include his induction into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, his Lifetime Achievement Sports Emmy Award, and his title as the Top Sportscaster of All-Time by the American Sportscasters Association.