Monday, February 8, 2016

Share The Advantage: La Escuelita de Sonia

We believe in paying it forward. Service by our Student Reps takes place each year on a global scale. Monetary and product donations made via our Share The Advantage Program help young people all over the world with their education.

In Bonfil – a struggling neighborhood in Cancun, Mexico – a woman named Sonia found a child wandering the streets and asked why he was not in school. He told her the kids had bullied him for his disability (Polio), calling him "Pedro Crutches" and other mean things. He had been kicked out of school for fighting. She told him to come to her home the next day, along with any other children who were unable to attend school.

At first Sonia had only a small group of students. Word spread about the classes being offered from her tiny home, and attendance quickly grew. Before long, she had a small volunteer staff helping teach nearly 100 neighborhood children in her home which became known as La Escuelita de Sonia. Sonia and her staff knew they had outgrown the house, and that there were many local children who were still without access to a proper education. They needed a school, but they lacked the finances.

Our Student Reps dedicated their Service Week during the summer of 2015 to La Escuelita. Each Rep was given the opportunity to donate a portion of their profit from the week toward the cause. Our students raised $50,000 to help begin construction of the school.

Thank you to our Student Reps and to the families they served for helping pay it forward by making a lasting impact on this community.

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