Year of Mexico

She’s doing it again!

Dr. Cheryl Brown is once again taking a group of Reinhardt students and faculty to Mexico over spring break. This is not a kidnapping nor a hedonistic binge in Cozumel, but is part of a course on the Culture of Mexico.

A Beanie Baby to go with the school supplies.

A Beanie Baby to go with the school supplies.

As many of you know, Dr. Brown co-founded Vidas de Esperanza, a non-profit whose mission is to help community development and meet social needs in the area primarily around Ixmiquilpan. Students engage in fund raising prior to the visit and then are involved in service learning while in Mexico. An important aspect involves hearing from the community for their identified needs and then near the end of the trip, the group discusses how they can help.

Leaving our mark after we painted several classrooms

Leaving our mark after we painted several classrooms

Recently, Reinhardt students have raised funds for several initiatives including the milk and eggs program for women with small children, assisting with roof repairs for a rural school (I mean, replacing a metal roof with gaping holes in it), purchasing a computer for a rural school, and raising funds for a functioning well in the indigenous community of El Tablon.

Dr. Brown and our students are examples of the Reinhardt spirit we seek to create and foster.

So – go on – do it again Dr. Brown!

More information about Vidas can be found at:

Reinhardt Friends, we still need your help collecting school supplies for our trip to Mexico!

If you have any crayons, erasers, pencils, or rulers laying around please bring them to Dr. Brown’s office in Tarpley 206 and drop them in the bin. Any schools supplies we get will make a child’s day by providing them tools to learn, a luxury they don’t normally have.