According to Wikipedia, “Compassion” is a human emotion prompted by the pain of others. More vigorous than empathy, the feeling commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another’s suffering.
Serve The Peninsula’s Mission - Find the Need and Meet It. Find the Hurt and Heal it. - is really a call for “super-sized” intentional compassion.
The challenges facing our school children and schools in socioeconomically challenged communities are overwhelming. I am often asked, “Can we make a difference?” My answer is a resounding yes!
I would like to introduce you to Lupe Guzman.
Lupe moved to Redwood City with her family when she was five. According to Lupe, her family was “dirt poor”. Both of her parents were very hard workers and instilled a good work ethic in all the children. When Lupe started attending Hawes Elementary School she could only speak Spanish. Her parents got their children in the Migrant Workers education program and emphasized education as the key to their futures. Local families were impressed by these hardworking children and came along side of them to help.
Through acts of selfless compassion, Lupe went on to get her BA degree and later two Masters. Additionally, all of her brothers and sister have a Masters degree. Last May Lupe was promoted to principal at Fair Oaks Elementary School where 100% of the students are considered socioeconomically challenged, qualifying for free or subsidized breakfast and lunch.
When I share with Lupe everything we are trying to do (food, clothing, family fairs, RWC PE, Beautiful Day and Team Ascent), her eyes well up with tears of joy.
Lupe asked me to tell you “thank you for caring for her students” and to assure you that we can make a difference.