of Todos Santos
by Faith Jacobs, 7th grader
On November 6, 2015 the Sierra School went on a field trip to the Hogar Del Niño, an orphanage and foster home for girls and boys of all ages in Todos Santos. Currently, there are twenty three girls and boys that call the Hogar del Niño home. This is where our students, Rebeca and Julian live. Rebeca’s parents run the Hogar. Julian is an orphan there. Both students love and take pride in their home and were eager to share it on our visit. After the tour, the students were split into two groups. Group number one went to the bakery group where we made dough and pizza sauce. Group number two was the kitchen group, where we cut the fruit we brought for a fruit salad. We also grated mozzarella cheese for the pizza. We had to be careful with the kitchen tools and not cut ourselves. Rebeca said, “try to not cut yourself any more or we won’t have enough band-aids for everyone.” We all laughed until we couldn't breathe any more.
At around noon on the 6th, the Hogar Del Niño van pulled up in front of our school to take us their for a pizza lunch. All of the kids from the Sierra School, (Ana-Sophia, Rebeca, Aliya, Julian, Sebastian, Eli, and Faith), piled into the van and drove to the Hogar del Niño with all of the teachers and final student Esli close behind in other cars. Once arrived, everyone set their bags down on a chair and gathered for a small tour. Of course, we all were enthusiastic to see the Hogar. On the tour, we saw the children’s dormitories, the kitchen, cafeteria, two bodegas filled with sports and school supplies, dozens of bikes, dozens of geese and chickens, two pigs, a horse, four dogs, one cat, two basketball courts, a trampoline, a playground, a wood shop room, and a huge field to run and play on for hours.
After all of the dough was made and left to raise, after all of the fruit was cut, and all of the cheese was grated, it was time for a short break before we could make the pizzas. Later, we made the pizzas with Joel, master pizza maker and Hogar director. We all put on aprons and little chefs hats. Everyone laughed at everyone else, we all looked ridiculous, but we all kept our on uniforms on for enjoyment. When it was time to make the pizzas, we all worked at a process that seemed to never end: roll out the dough, spread the sauce, sprinkle the cheese, and add the toppings. This process was repeated many times, and after one round was finished the pizza was put into the ovens to bake. Fifteen minutes later, the pizzas were finished and ready to eat. I took a small piece of pepperoni and cheese pizza and sat with Natalie, Ana-Sophia, Rebeca, and Eli. The pizza was joined by sides of delicious pasta and salad. Although some people thought that the pasta and salad were super hot, our lunch at the Hogar was a great!
We all finished the day by either playing soccer or jumping like four year olds on the trampoline. Slowly, everyone started to go home, one by one. I think that the visit to the Hogar del Niño field trip was a great experience not only because we got to make pizza, but because we got to see a totally different lifestyle and a place that some people call home. Thank you Joel and Alicia Hernandez!
Students and teachers edited this blog since January of 2018.