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Volunteers at CASA School Bring a Wider Imaginative World to Its Disadvantaged Students

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By Diana Huerta

Thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers, young children attending la Loma de los Chiquillos child care center are learning the wonders of unrestricted artistic expression while also picking up motor skills and an appreciation for art.

La Loma de los Chiquillos, also known as the Center for Child Development (CDI), is a Centro para los Adolescentes de San Miguel de Allende (CASA) community program. Its school serves mainly single-parent families in need of a safe place to leave their young children during the day. The youngest child at the center is 45 days old and the oldest is six years.

The CDI works with children to form good habits and affinities, including a sense of personal hygiene and healthy eating, reading comprehension, and art appreciation. Its many paid teachers, assistants, and university students help facilitate this work. Some of its volunteers also bringing the joy of art to these children at an early age.

Resident Jayne Hall became the first volunteer about three years ago, and since then she has been committed to teaching children here, who eagerly look forward to their art class. Hall was followed by Stella Nillsen, Susan Uhl, Michael Friedman, and Sandy in leading these art classes. With their help, the children learn about new materials, which are often recyclable, all while expanding their imagination and increasing their motor-development skills.

CASA staff members say they are grateful for the volunteers’ support. Little by little, these volunteers form an important part of the lives of both CASA teachers and students.

If you would like to donate paintbrushes, recycled material, cardboard, plastic bottles, or jewelry for these art classes—or if you’d like to make a financial donation to the center, please contact Director Roció Bautista Espinosa at, or contact her by phone at 154 6060 or 154 6090, extension 102.

On Facebook, you can find the school by searching La loma de los chiquillos, or visiting CASA’s website at


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