This holiday season, Redmond High School Spanish students participated in an outreach project. Ms. Jill Samppala and Mrs. Ashley Raji’s second year Spanish students created cards for orphans living in Mexico. They used their written Spanish skills to connect with the children. The orphanage is located in San Luis Río Colorado, Mexico. Some students from Redmond High School visited this orphanage last summer with Ms. Samppala on a volunteer trip. There are two parts in the orphanage, The Bethel has boys of ages 3-12 and girls of ages 3-18. The Oasis Boys home has boys of ages 12-18. These children have room and board, and attend school at the orphanage. However, Christmas is a hard time of the year for them without family and without gifts.
Redmond High School students wrote personalized cards to the 35 orphans. Each child received 1-2 cards from the students. In addition, students and their families purchased gifts for the children. They collected 5 suitcases of toiletries, stuffed animals, toy cars, and games. Kristen
Miller, a community member, and her family delivered the cards and holiday gifts in person while they visited the orphanage over the holidays. Thanks to all the RHS students and their families who participated in this memorable project.