Saturday, November 05, 2016

Thank you

Mission to Mexico 2016 Fundraiser

Every year Strathmillan School participates in a local and global charity. This year Strathmillan School has chosen to help out the Mission to Mexico! 
This year we had a school spirit week for a fundraiser and students dressed up on the theme days and donated whatever they can. 

Mission to Mexico was started by Devon and Jeremey Liscum who attended Strathmillan School from K-5.  

“Each winter, our family goes on a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. For the past 8 years, we have been fundraising for students in schools in the poorest
communities around Puerto Vallarta. This is our story....

It all started when Devon's Grade Three teacher gave him a research project to complete while we were on our trip. She asked him to find a Mexican newspaper so that his class could learn more about the country. The only English~newspaper that we found had a small article about the "Children of the Dump". We looked further into this, and e-mailed the founder of this project, Art Fumerton. The "Children of the Dump" was a program to feed the children in a town outside of Puerto Vallarta which is directly adjacent to the city dump. At the time, many families worked in this dump, collecting items to sell or recycle, and even using items themselves in their own homes. Many of the children did not attend school, but instead helped their families in the dump. Art told us that he also runs an after-school program that helps the kids with their homework, English, math and computer skills so that they can get jobs in the tourist industry and end the cycle of poverty. This is the School of Champions.

After learning more about Art's project, we decided that we were going to help them and fundraise with our schools. In 2007, we started fundraising by getting school supplies donated by fellow classmates, and also collected money. We decided to~sell School Of Champions wristbands and have popcorn sales at our schools. Later we~also added licorice sales, freezie sales, and bake sales. We also do presentations at other schools to get them on board with our fundraising!”

This is a cause that is close to our hearts at Strathmillan School. Mrs. Palmer participated in the 2014 Mission to Mexico and Ms. Lodwick has been invited on their mission this year in January and will deliver Strathmillan's donations on our behalf.  

We would like to thank all of the staff, students and their families for their support. We are proud to share that we raised $1,591.81.

Mission to Mexico Mission Statement:

“Our mission is to provide educational materials and support to children living in challenging conditions so that they can become successful in their future. We believe that working as a team has more impact on the world and we continue to get the word out there to make poverty history!”

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