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A small classroom making a big difference

In March, DCS Montessori students in Diana Visser’ s class worked together to raise funds from a bake sale to make welcome kits for families with the International Rescue Committee.


In March, DCS Montessori students in Diana Visser’s class worked together to support a humanitarian organization.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a nonprofit that works in more than 50 countries and 28 United States cities with the mission of helping families from war-torn countries rebuild, recover and assimilate their lives in America. Diana’s class decided their service project would be to make welcome kits for the IRC families.

Working with IRC Denver, the class made an Amazon wish list with all the supplies (accessible by a QR code), advertised a supply drive, and passed out fliers at the carpool line. They also held a bake sale which raised $1,000 additional funds to purchase the rest of the items on the wish list.

Student Callen Nielsen said, “I am amazed at how much our small classroom was able to work together and make a big difference!”

The tremendous community support garnered 30 soccer balls, three large bags of stuffed animals, lots of backpacks and school supplies, board games and art supplies. During the first week of April, the class assembled welcome kits and delivered them to IRC.

When asked what they learned from this activity, student Noah Obregon said, “I learned that not everybody has what we have and we should be grateful for what we have; and we can work together to help others.” Another student, Isla Beach said, “It feels good to help other people.”

To learn more about IRC, visit


Students hosted a bake sale and raised $1,000 to purchase items for families with the International Rescue Committee.


By ViVi Somphon, photos courtesy of DCS Montessori



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