Paige Madtes is a 3rd grade teacher at Leesville Road Elementary in Raleigh, North Carolina. Several years ago she made her first visit to Holy Cross as part of a mission team with St Michael’s Episcopal, a church that has sent many teams over the years to help at Holy Cross.
During that mission trip Paige taught in Standard 2 (4th grade) and was inspired to do more. “I saw that even simple school supplies could make a big difference in Belize, and I wanted to do something to help.”
When she returned to North Carolina, she asked her principal, Ari Cohen, if she could do a supply drive. “He was very supportive” Paige recalls. The supply drive went well. Paige appointed members of her class as ambassadors and they made posters and talked to other classes about the need in Belize. The response was incredibly generous – with 200 pounds of essential supplies like backpacks, crayons, pencils, scissors, papers and rulers being collected for Belize.
So this year Paige did it again with her new 3rd grade class, who were very excited to help after remembering the supply drive from the previous year. Once again, Paige was moved by the generosity of the Leesville Elementary community. “It was incredible, families were bringing in whole back-packs full of supplies. Sometimes it was those who I thought had the least to spare, who were going through tough times themselves brought in the most.” All together her class collected 240 pounds of supplies, which were once again donated as part of the St Michael’s Episcopal Church mission trip.
Paige and Leesville Elementary are looking forward to future partnerships with Holy Cross School.
On behalf of the teachers and students at Holy Cross, I sincerely thank all those who gave so generously. These school supplies really do make a big difference here in Belize.