Idyllwild Arts student Becky Hirsch.

School supplies are needed

Idyllwild Arts (IA) National Honor Society members are staging a fundraising drive, replete with performances by IA students, to obtain school supplies for an elementary school in Honduras.

From noon to 3 p.m. on three consecutive Saturdays, Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12, IA students will be in front of Mountain Harvest Market in Strawberry Creek Plaza to entertain and entreat. Part of the Honor Society’s mission is to perform service. The beneficiary of this year’s IA’s honor service project is a 630-student school in Punta Gorda, Honduras.

The school educates first- through ninth-grade students and has 30 staff. Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America and one of the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. It lacked a public education system until 1957. Prior to that time, only the wealthy could educate their children at private schools. Even now, insufficient funding and primitive infrastructure hamper the education of students. Teachers are poorly paid and student school supplies are unavailable.

IA students, including Becky Hirsch, are seeking supplies or funds to purchase supplies. Standard back-to-school items such as school bags, pens, paper, coloring books, highlighters and sports equipment are needed. Students will have a list of other necessities at the event.