On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at the Rodolfo Menendez de la Peña primary school in Playa del Carmen Mexico, everything that is good about America was on display.
Eighty eight volunteers with the Hybrid Seed Company located in the Great Lakes region of Michigan, came to work on a grounds improvement project to make a run down school that sees nearly 700 children a day, a cleaner, safer place to play.
Ranging in age from 17 – 70, the volunteers painted 1,230 linear meters – three school buildings and an enormous graffiti covered perimeter wall. They built benches, fixed fences, raked leaves and cleared rocks. They mixed cement, wielded shovels, rakes, rollers, brushes and a pick axe.
At the end of the day, with parched throats and sore backs, their most adventurous members, participated in a rope competition and played basketball against the 6th graders. Wrapping up the day, Director Zeydi Chan Alvarado thanked the volunteers for their incredible work while the 300+ children clapped and cheered.
For over 30 years, the Hybrid Seed Company has offered incentive travel packages to their clients. This was the first year they included a service project as an optional activity and KKIS was honored to be the organization they chose.
In preparation for the event, parents came out on Saturday to scrape and clean the buildings and the perimeter fence. And on Wednesday more parents came to work along side the volunteers.
To help KKIS achieve it’s mission of keeping kids in school, all volunteers brought school supplies or donated money, which will be used to buy school supplies for children in public schools in Playa.
Michigan and nearby states are called the ‘heartland of America’ – a term which refers to the location of the states – but on occasions like these, better describes the very best qualities of Americans who are happy to help because they can.