Taos Academy Global Leadership

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Taos students from rural Northern New Mexico are raising money to build a school in Nicaragua. Help their dream become a reality and donate today! 

A letter from Jeremy, Taos Academy Global Leadership Student Fundraising Organizer

Dear Friends,

This year, our Global Leadership Class has decided to work with BuildOn to raise money to build a school in a developing country and then travel there to help in the construction. Our ultimate goal is to raise $60,000 so that approximately 17 students from our school in Taos, NM can travel and stay with host families ($30,000 trip costs) where we will help build a school for the community. We will stay and work with a the community for a week.

Not only will this trip allow us to help others in need, but will also allow us to explore and understand other cultures and parts of the world. Many of us have never left the state let alone the U.S.A. We really need your help to raise enough money for us to help the less fortunate and expand our cultural palette.Thank you very much, we appreciate it!

Information about the Taos Academy Global Leadership Students:

The Global Leadership class is made up of 19 students (Demographics: 53% Male, 47% Female - 53% White, 32% Hispanic, 11% Native American, and 5% Asian). 12 of the students live in Taos, 4 in the outer areas, while the other 3 commute 30 minutes to an hour from Red River, Questa, and Ojo Sarco. Half of the class has never left the region or Southwest and only 4 making across the international border into Mexico. Each semester the objective of the class is to choose a project that the students are passionate about.  Previously, students have had bake sales for the Stray Hearts Animal Shelter, collected sunglasses and toothbrushes for Nepalese, built a pond and gardens on campus, and many more.  This project is the most ambitious undertaking of any group in the history of Taos Academy. The Global Leadership class hopes by achieving their goals they will inspire their classmates and other students around the country to aim high and that anything is possible.

Taos, NM is a rural town in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  Taos ranks the 2nd highest county in New Mexico for food insecurity for children at 36% and roughly 86% of the children eligible for the federal free and reduced lunch program. Though a quarter of the population lives below the poverty level, Taos is one of the top destinations for tourism in New Mexico.  

Taos Academy Charter School is a public school of 230 students, grades 5-12th.  TaosAcademy is a 21st-century learning community developing strong leaders who have the academic and social skills necessary to succeed in the modern world. For more information about the school visit our website taosacademy.org