South Texas ISD World Scholars juniors Selah Celeste Fernandez of McAllen, Dayla Gonzalez of Monte Alto and Victoria Lazo-Romero of Mission, spread some cheer by delivering over 100 hand-written letters to COVID-19 patients.
The group members are enrolled in the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) International Baccalaureate (IB) course at World Scholars, which teaches students to give back to their communities in some way shape or form, and students knew right away they wanted to spread joy in such a time as this through offering words of encouragement and hope for people battling this deadly disease.
The group organized a Google submission form through which family, friends and the World Scholars community were encouraged to submit electronic letters. Submissions were then transcribed and delivered to patients at a local hospital.
“Not only did we learn a lot about ourselves in completing this project, but we truly connected with our community in a time that has kept and continues to keep us isolated,” said Lazo-Romero. “Despite any challenges we faced along the way, knowing that we were able to give someone a sense of peace for just a moment made all of the efforts absolutely worth it.”
According to IB, CAS aims to develop students who enjoy and find significance in a range of CAS experiences and understand they are members of local and global communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment.
Students can agree they are being prepared for the real world and future careers because of skills and opportunities gained as an IB student and through the CAS course.
“The work ethic I’ve established through the IB curriculum is something I plan to take with me through college and life beyond,” said Fernandez. “This program has allowed me to explore different ideas and cultures, and has greatly shaped the way I perceive things, which will be beneficial in my future career.”
Gonzalez aspires to pursue a career in marketing, while always holding her morals at heart.
“The IB program has and continues to prepare me for my career in marketing by allowing me to accumulate skills specific to the field, by taking career-specific IB courses such as Marketing, Advertising and of course community service courses such as CAS,” said Gonzalez.
The IB Diploma Programme aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
“The IB Program has allowed me to see things through a different perspective, allowing myself to take into account my aspirations and overall purpose in life,” said Lazo-Romero.