Baylor Law Students Host Book Drive in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month
WACO, Texas – The Baylor Hispanic American Law Student Association (HALSA) hosted a book drive to inspire students at Kendrick Elementary School to pursue higher education, just as their families inspired them.
For HALSA President Alexa De La Vega, Hispanic Heritage Month means being grateful to those who have helped her get to where she is today.
“Honestly, stay connected to my roots, my ancestors and the people who made me who I am,” said De La Vega.
One of those people was his grandmother, who worked as a nurse in Mexico.
“My inspiration for helping people definitely came from her and that’s what led me to law school,” De La Vega explained.
As for the vice-president of HALSA, Tristan Crowder, it was his mother who inspired him to become a lawyer.
“She had overcome a lot growing up. She was always told she wouldn’t go to college, ”Crowder said. “Eventually, she became a criminal lawyer. “
Now De La Vega and Crowder want to help be this inspiration for the children of the Waco community by organizing a book drive for Kendrick Elementary.
“We aim to collect multi-perspective books that will inspire these children of Kendrick Elementary School to continue their education and higher education,” said De La Vega.
According to HALSA, 78% of students at Kendrick Elementary are from the Hispanic community and 95% are economically disadvantaged.
“This is a school that we want to help in any way we can,” Crowder said.
HALSA has organized various events this month in hopes of continuing to teach the community the importance of Hispanic culture.
“You learn the most when you’re uncomfortable learning from people very different from yourself,” De La Vega said.
“People come from different backgrounds and you need to be aware of that and be open to learning more about people who are not like you,” Crowder said.
The book drive will continue until September 24 and monetary donations are welcome.