Every May, the Waldorf school in Santa Fe, New Mexico, brings their eighth grade students on a class trip—a trip that the kids have all worked toward, by raising the money selling burritos and pizzas.
But when they were denied their reward this spring because of the pandemic, students decided to show compassion to those in need by donating $2,800 worth of supplies to the Navajo Nation, which is suffering from one of the highest per-capita COVID-19 infection and death rates in the US.
The class trip that had been planned was a multi-day rafting voyage in Utah. Eighth grader Daisy Blue Russell is glad things worked out the way they did. “It felt good to use our trip money to help others who needed it.”
Students helped with pre-trip shopping and loading the van. “They were great helpers trying to fit everything in as efficiently as possible,”
teacher Daisy Barnard said, “None of them complained about using the money for something other than a trip.”