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West Creek Academy lends a hand

Local school partners with international non-profit to make donations

Posted: April 28, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 28, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Students at West Creek Academy put together arts and crafts to send to underprivileged students in Nicaragua as part of the donations the school collected and sent in partnership with the non-profit GOCARE. Courtesy photo

 

The PTA at West Creek Academy recently donated clothing and school supplies to help underprivileged students in Nicaragua. 

Seven boxes of books, pencils, crayons, rulers, puzzles and clothing were collected through the PTA’s annual event, “Matters of the Heart,” an evening function during the month of February where West Creek supports a charity.

“The goal of the event is to have the school adopt a charity and have the parents attend the event and donate specific items,” said David Lindsay, a fourth grade teacher at West Creek. “The students also write letters to the people who benefit from the charity.”

This year, West Creek assisted GOCARE, a non-profit organization that works closely with residents and communities in Nicaragua to help with educational programs and provide other assistance. Lindsay’s father founded the organization and Lindsay currently serves as the administrative director of GOCARE.

“We hope to broaden students’ paths,” Lindsay said. “I know that our educational programs will benefit directly from the school supplies and books that were donated. “The clothing and shoes will also make a positive impacton attendance in public schools, since the children need to have clothes and shoes to attend,” he added.

Lindsay also says that the supplies will help alleviate a financial strain and foster a positive bond between GOCARE and the community.

To date, GOCARE has helped more than 1,300 students graduate from its programs with the core philosophy of “Come Back to Give Back” mentorship and leadership. Through GOCARE, many students have pursued college degrees and have become mentors and leaders within Nicaragua.

For more information about GOCARE visit www.gocarekids.org.

nancy@signalscv.com

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