A fellow Santo Niño student, Johnny, was diagnosed with leukemia while attending pre-K at Santo Niño. Johnny is now a second grader at SNRCS and has just completed his treatment for leukemia.
While undergoing chemo at the UNM Cancer Center, Johnny befriended a boy name Jordyn. Jordyn and Johnny talked about how the pillows they were provided at the hospital were cold and not very comfortable. Their wish was to have pillows available for the patients and family members. Having pillows that were fun to look at and comfortable would be great for enduring those long hours of chemo.
So the sixth grade class at Santo Niño began collecting materials, and with the help of several parents, community leaders and staff, they participated in a "sewing day project" -- purchasing, washing, ironing and sewing pillow cases for the UNM cancer patients. The class was especially touched when Johnny and his family came to talk to them about how the pillows would impact the patients. They were also touched to learn that Jordyn had passed away and his wish was to have comfortable pillows available for other cancer patients. Jordyn’s mother came and tearfully thanked the sixth grade class and told them how much the project meant to her son and their family. It was visibly moving for both the students and families.
SNRCS students regularly participate in service projects. The sixth grade students are required to complete five hours of service every month. This was one that may change the way they look at service projects forever.