Gordon Burkholder and Bob Hayhurst hand out school supplies as gifts from student in School District 72 to students in Ligui

Campbell River schools send gifts to Ligui, Mexico

Pencil cases filled with pens, pencils, and other supplies as well as rulers and notebooks distributed

For the second consecutive year, the Elementary school in Ligui (pronounced lee-gwee), Baja, California Sur has been the recipient of gifts of school supplies from Campbell River schools.

The 55 students ranging in age from 5 to 11 were curious and excited when four people from Campbell River – former School District 72 educators Janet and Gordon Burkholder and Bob and Pat Hayhurst – walked into the school yard to make arrangements for the presentation of school supplies on Tuesday, Dec. 9, said retired principal Gordon Burkholder.

Some of them even recalled when the group dropped of their “regalos” gifts last December.

“And of course we recognized many of them, especially Emilio Marquez a grade one student whose joyous expression captured our hearts last year,” Burkholder said. “He ran up to us with a warm smile of recognition that will be remembered always.”

This year Bob and Patricia Hayhurst assisted in distributing the pencil cases filled with pens, pencils, and other supplies as well as the rulers and notebooks that were donated by Campbell River schools.

“It was very impressive to see these young students gratefully accepting the gifts and offering us their thanks in both English and Spanish,” Bob said.

“I want to express my sincere appreciation to the schools in Campbell River for giving so freely to the students of Ligui. This is an opportunity to share our wealth and show that we care about education wherever it occurs,” Burkholder said.