Our Affiliated Project: Red Rock Day School in Red Valley, Arizona
The remote community of Red Valley – home to Red Rock Day School – is situated amid the incredible desert beauty of the Navajo Indian Reservation. Comprising more than 27,000 square miles of spectacular but inhospitable countryside, the Reservation extends into both Utah and New Mexico. Within 25 miles of the school is the famous “Four Corners,” a marker spot that notes the boundaries of four states – Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah – which meet at a single point. Despite its massive scale and rich cultural heritage, residents of the Reservation are desperately poor. There is virtually no employment.
Broken homes, alcoholism, and inadequate food are constant manifestations of poverty. For this reason, Red Rock Day School serves as a beacon of hope to its surrounding community. Originally built in the 1940’s, and partially funded today by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Red Rock Day School strives to provide each child with nutritious meals, care and support from well-trained teachers, and a quality education – the key to breaking the cycle of poverty so that students may rise above the difficult economic circumstances from which they come.