Pecos Fifth Graders Help Peers in Need from Across the Border
D.A.R.E. Officer Olga Keese and her D.A.R.E. students helping D.A.R.E. students in Ojinaga, Mexico.
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PECOS – The Pecos D.A.R.E. program is stepping up once again to help those across the border.
On Monday afternoon it was a group of fifth graders who did the giving to help those their age.
As soon as Pecos D.A.R.E. Officer Olga Keese expressed concern about the poor living conditions of those students living in Ojinaga, her fifth graders and other members of the community got to shopping to make sure they wouldn’t go without this holiday season.
“Dear children of Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Officer Keese had reminded us of how much we all have, and she also reminded us of how much better the world would be if we shared our blessings to people that are less fortunate than us, we hope you will accept our juice and cereal, maybe you guys can think of this as an early Christmas present,” wrote a fifth grade student at Bessie Haynes Elementary.
Fifth graders at Bessie Haynes Elementary were all smiles Monday when they saw the faces of the Ojinaga D.A.R.E. team light up as Officer Keese revealed a big surprise.
Nearly 100 coats, a Nintendo Wii console, dozens of cereal bars and juice boxes, along with $600 cash was collected for the program out of Mexico thanks to the students and several different members of surrounding communities.
“Some of them sometimes don’t have anything for breakfast, or whatever, and you can just imagine how hard it is to concentrate on an empty stomach, and when I told that to the children here, I mean, it just broke their heart, they just wanted to contribute and make their lives better,” Keese said.
Luis Guerra, the President of the D.A.R.E. Association in Chihuahua, was overwhelmed by the young giving hearts, adding that their act of kindness will go a long ways.
“We have lots of kids that are limited with their parents, they don’t have a lot of opportunities, so they will really appreciate all of this, thank you very much,” Guerra said.
But the giving didn’t stop there, Airlawn Furniture out of Pecos donated a brand new 50” TV for the students in Ojinaga.
“If we teach them (students) the values they can become better [people] and our world will be a better place to live in,” Keese said.