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Ranch View Middle School raises $7,500 for Operation Smile

HIGHLANDS RANCH - Throughout the month April, Ranch View Middle School students learned about Operation Smile ( Operation Smile is an organization that provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the world.
Ranch View is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, and Operation Smile supports IB by providing students with opportunities to learn about the world around them. In addition, it promotes the fundamental principle of helping others and instills in them an appreciation of the value and impact of their service. It also promotes intercultural knowledge by developing student awareness, attitudes and understanding of other parts of the world.
On April 4th and 5th, a Ranch View family shared their story of how their son with a  cleft lip benefitted from having this surgery.  Students also heard from a pediatrician from Operation smile who shared his experiences and the fulfillment that he received from being a part of this organization. The lessons and stories shared with our students inspired them to take action. Through donations, purchasing t-shirts and bracelets Ranch View was able to raise $ 7,500, which will cover 31 surgeries.
It is truly amazing th at Ranch View’s compassionate efforts will help 31 kids smile again. Ranch View 8th grader Michell Huynh summed the feeling of all of us at Ranch View when she said, “All kids around the world deserve to have a chance to smile.”
October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category:

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