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Trailside students draw in donations

Frank Fisher, of the Record staff

A whole school-full of Trailside Elementary students is learning what it’s like to work hard to help kids who have little. They will likely never meet the disabled kids who receive their gifts, who live far down in Mexico, but they will know that they will likely bring smiles to the kids’ faces, and that is enough.

What makes some of the gifts especially practical is that the kids in Ocotlan Mexico will receive parts to be assembled and then sold locally. "They will make ornaments to sell at market, said fourth-grade student Nathan Kunz.

Trailside students asked the community to donate new items that boys and girls and even adults could use. They then collected the items and brought them to school. The students also each bought an item to contribute.

The donation project coincides nicely with Students in Kim Yelderman’s fourth grade class, who are working on "Pay it Forward," a class project which involves giving a gift, or doing a nice thing for someone, then they must pass that gift or sentiment on to someone else.

Hayley Wallin, 10, possibly had future aspirations for a medical career in mind when she said her favorite toy being shipped to the kids was a doctor’s kit.

Hygiene kits and school supplies will also be sent to La Escuela de Education Especial, the school the kids attend.

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The gifts will be hand delivered to Ocotlan by Youth Linc volunteers selected from high schools or colleges who have proven themselves in community services. The volunteers will serve communities in a developing country for a summer. All the items collected and donated by Trailside students will be carried with them on the flight to Mexico.

Isia Cortez, a fourth-grade Trailside student, lived his first four years in Zacatecas, Mexico. "This is really good," he said. They will get things they don’t have like books. They will get toys. The adults will get clothes to wear."