Students Treated by Trader Joe’s After Evacuation

After evacuating from the UWC-USA campus last week, students have been studying for exams and focusing on helping others at the Glorieta Retreat center near Santa Fe. Evacuating is stressful under normal circumstances but even more so as the second-year students face the International Baccalaureate exams they have been working toward for two years. Intent on bringing a little cheer back to his students, IB History teacher Alfonso Leon planned to treat them to a special pre-exam meal. He went to Trader Joe’s in Santa Fe to pick up the ingredients including cheeses, artisan breads, and other treats for a delicious brunch. Little did Alfonso know, Trader Joe’s would be treating him and his displaced students to their meal. While chatting with the cashiers, they learned that UWC-USA students had been evacuated from their campus because of the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire. The cashiers stopped him before he could pay, went and spoke to the manager, and came back telling him that the food was free with their thanks and encouragement. “They talked between themselves quietly,” Alfonso explained, “and came back and said ‘We’ve got this.'” Alfonso was touched by this “incredible act of spontaneous and completely unsolicited generosity toward UWC-USA and our students.”

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