Pat, a lifelong educator, fell in love with Santa Cruz la Laguna on her first visit in 1993. Guided by her love of the culture and the people of Santa Cruz, she hoped to find a way to help the local community through support for better education. Most children at that time dropped out of school by the 3rd grade, and only a handful made it all the way through 6th grade. In 1998 Pat put out a request to family and friends and with funds received was able to provide all first graders with their very own books for the first time. Over the last 20 years, Amigos has grown right along with the first children to benefit from Pat’s effort, many of whom are on the Amigos staff today.