Kids From New Mexico Put Funds From Cancelled Trip To Great Use – GNSOTD Fri, Jun 5th 2020

Not all news is good news, as an example the Eighth-graders at the Waldorf School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, had spent the entire year raising $2,800 for their rafting trip, a thrilling end to their time in middle school. But then came Covid-19. That put an end to their plans to enjoy a fantastic trip.

But sometimes, bad news can become good news. Because instead of moping about it, the students chose to make a major impact on the lives of others by using the money to help the Navajo Nation, which is struggling amid the pandemic.

“I am very proud of my students, but I’m not surprised,” said Daisy Barnard, the eighth-grade teacher. “This is a very generous and compassionate group of teens. They have been raised to think outside their own immediate lives and it shows in moments like this.”

They did this by purchasing a bunch of important supplies; over 50 cans of soup, 75 pounds of potatoes, boxes of pasta, dried beans, rice, pet food and a dozen reusable five-gallon jugs filled with water. Not to mention a bunch of supplies for babies; including diapers, formula, toilet paper, wipes and medicines.

The idea came from Jess Falkenhagen, mother of Daisy Russell, who is in Barnard’s class.

Their $2,800 may not have brought them the trip they had been hoping for, but it will buy life for at least someone, possibly many people. “I’ve heard from parents and students that they feel so much better knowing that the money they worked so hard to raise was going somewhere where it was needed and would make a difference” Barnard said.

It’s also impressive that the list of items they picked up didn’t just come from the air; it came from asking. Jess contacted Navajo leaders to ask what they needed. That’s how they ended up getting not just non-perishable foods, but also the essential supplies for babies.

Their clever and kind solution to the question of what to do with the money is your Good News Story of the Day, which you can find here. Which you’ll find gets even better; because on top of these supplies; Indie Russell, Falkenhagen’s other daughter, a junior in highschool, donated a bag of masks that she had made herself on a sewing machine.

These kids deserve recognition, and the importance of donations like this cannot be understated. If you would like to check in with our neighbouring 6 Nations of the Grand River, you can do so at

Story and Image from CNN.

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