Helping Others

x_roweblankets3The Student Council at R. Roger Rowe Middle School recently made 27 fleece blankets and donated them to the Rancho de los Niños Orphanage in the Guadalupe Valley in Baja, Mexico. The idea came from Student Council Philanthropy Representative Darby Burnett’s own experience working at the orphanage with her family for the past two years. She proposed the idea of getting the school involved at a Student Council meeting, and other students agreed. The council opened the blanket-making event to anyone at the school; there was a tremendous turnout of students who wanted to help cut and tie the blankets on their lunch breaks. “Everyone who came and helped create these beautiful blankets had an amazing time,” the council said. “There was a strong feeling of community and charity throughout the atmosphere of the event.”

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Darby and her family’s trip to deliver the blankets to the orphanage was coordinated through the Corazón de Vida Foundation, which supports 10 orphanages in Baja. “I loved to see how full of joy all of the kids were at the orphanage after receiving the soft, fun blankets,” Darby said. “I’m so glad I had the opportunity to do this with my wonderful school.” The Student Council does multiple service projects throughout the year. This year they raised money for veterans by selling apple pie around Veterans Day, and held a bake sale to raise money for Down syndrome awareness in honor of a fellow classmate. “Giving back to the community makes us feel pleased to know that we are able to help someone in some way,” the council said. “We are so thankful to have these opportunities to help others.”