Inspiration can come in many forms.
For one group of sixth graders from a well-respected independent school in Santa Monica, it sparked 80 miles northeast of their school, in an isolated community in California’s barren Antelope Valley.
Many families in this desert town of Lake Los Angeles struggle with poverty day-to-day, but it’s the sense of community here that is most palpable, the Carlthorp School students would discover.
Carlthrop School students donating books
Members of the school’s service learning group, W.E. Care Kids (World Emergency Care Kids), the students wanted to support Save the Children’s efforts here at home, in their own county, and decided to find out more about the families the global nonprofit was helping in this isolated, rural town on the western tip of the Mojave Desert.
What they learned is that despite not having much to call their own, the Lake Los Angeles families share with each other what little they have. They also come together when one of their own needs help – like when a family of nine was living without furniture, and they pitched in to furnish the family’s home.