Rio Rancho Early Childhood Education Center Raises Funds for Make-A-Wish

RIO RANCHO, NM (KRQE) – A local learning center is working to raise $10,600 for critically ill children by April 30. The recently opened learning experience in Rio Rancho has partnered with Make-A-Wish for a month-long campaign.

Center director Monica Nieto said Lets Grant Wishes allows students at the center to learn about philanthropy. “We have an ongoing philanthropy program. This program equips children with skills through activities and lessons that teach them about kindness, sharing and helping others,” Nieto said.

Students do hands-on activities that coincide with their weekly themes such as caring and friendships. “Our motto here is ‘It doesn’t matter how big or small you are, it’s the size of your heart that matters,'” Nieto said.

Instructor Alyssa Trujillo said she believes teaching these concepts at a young age will help students throughout their lives. “It helps them through life as they get older, and it’s easier to teach them when they’re younger because they grow up and remember what they’ve learned,” Trujillo said.

Nieto said they hit $2,600 in their goal. “It looks like it’s a long way off, but with the effort we’re making and the way we’re exposing ourselves to the community, I’m very confident that we’ll reach at least half of our goal by April 30. But I think the bigger picture is that we’re teaching our kids the concept of helping others and giving to others,” Nieto said. impact this has on our community and our children, and of course the children we can grant our wishes to.”

Classes also participate in coin wars, where students bring in spare change to include in their class money pot. The class that accumulates the most money will win a pizza night with the learning center mascot, Bubbles the elephant.

“I’m proud to be part of it because even working with kids who don’t have serious illnesses, thinking that they have to go through that breaks my heart as an educator,” Trujillo said.

Community members who wish to support the Learning Center’s April goal can donate online.

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