Former Big Rock School teacher/guest teacher Mary Donaldson (who also continues to support the Foothills Young Authors’ Conference as Co-Chair and Treasurer) is involved with a project in the Huatulco, Mexico area (Oaxaca Province) called Proyecto Escuelas Rurales (the Rural Schools Project). The program builds and funds schools in poor communities outside Hutulco in the Sierra Madre Mountains. Most of these schools are basically shacks with no supplies or basic equipment.
At Big Rock, Lyndsey Stoddard’s grade 1 class partnered with Bobbie Mappin’s grade 4-5 class to hold a “stuffie” sale. They raised $255, which was sent to the foundation. As the schools have no sports equipment and this is what students wanted the most, the money was used to purchase soccer balls and basketballs, which were presented to the schools at a celebration for the eleven schools which improved most academically. In addition, Mary also took 40 backpacks containing school supplies to the area last Christmas, which were also given to the schools as prizes.