Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, these students’ much anticipated year end trip was cancelled. But instead of redirecting the funding toward something else they could enjoy, in an incredible gesture of generosity, they decided to donate it to Navajo Nation to assist with the pandemic relief effort.
Due to the lack of testing and a less-than-great medical system, the Navajo Nation, located in New Mexico, just west of Albuquerque, was hit particularly hard by the pandemic. So the students’ generosity could not have been more timely. Props to them for being awesome people!
Helpful Hands In a Time of Crisis
Santa Fe Waldorf School’s 8th-graders were understandably initially upset that their class trip had to be canceled due to the virus. “It’s a big event they’ve been working towards for years,” their teacher explained. “It’s not just an annual thing, it’s a culminating trip after staying together from 1st to 8th grade.”
Their plan was to go on a rafting expedition. Their budget was about $3000. When the trip was canceled, they decided to take the funds a donate it to the Navajo Nation – one of the hardest-hit communities in the U.S.
“We loaded up on toilet paper, cleaning products, antibacterial soap and wipes, thermometers, toiletries, 75 cans of nonperishable food, 20 boxes of diapers, jugs full of water… We just grabbed as much we could with the money we had. My minivan was filled with each trip to the store.” said a mother of one the 8th graders. She volunteered to help with the donation and provide transportation.
Upon arrival, the volunteers were greeted by a group of thankful masked people waiting to help them unload the supplies. For most students around the world, having their school trip canceled only meant disappointment, but these kids made the best of it and made a difference during one of the most difficult times in recent history.
And of course, it goes without saying, that these awesome 8th graders have one heck of a trip coming to them when all goes back to normal!