Volunteers at Mi Escuelita

Standing Dog volunteered at Mi Escuelita, a non-profit organization that offers education to low-income and at-risk kids. Here’s what we discovered.

This year, many of the workers at Standing Dog took the time out of their busy function day to volunteer to get a couple of hrs in our nearby neighborhood. The group spent the majority of the day volunteering at Mi Escuelita Preschool, a non-profit organization that provides early childhood education to low-income and at-risk children in the Dallas area. The staff and volunteers at Mi Escuelita not only educate English to Hispanic children but they also help to instill the social abilities required to be successful in and out in the classroom. We owe a huge thanks to the Entrepreneurs for North Texas (ENFT) for organizing the occasion.

We didn’t know what to expect prior to we got there, but we came armed with goodie bags, craft supplies and much more juice boxes and fruit snacks than we knew what to do with. What we didn’t anticipate was to be greeted with hugs and “I adore you”s from 3-, 4- and 5-years-olds smiling so big their ears must have hurt. That’s exactly what occurred and it was the right start to our morning.

We spent the morning assisting the children make Christmas ornaments out of tree- and stocking-shaped foam cut outs, glitter and foam stickers of candy canes, presents, reindeer and gingerbread men. Whilst crafting, the kids told us what they needed for Christmas (Dora the Explorer toys) and asked us if we’d read to them later (of course!). A few of them hummed the tune to Feliz Navidad while they place the finishing touches on their ornaments.

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