Students Connecting Through International Service, founded by Tammie Epley, is a part of the Osseo Area Schools. SCTIS provides an opportunity for six fifth-grade students across the district to participate in a service project to raise funds for school supplies for a school in Sasabe, Sonora, Mexico.  The elementary schools participating in this program are: Basswood, Edinbrook, Elm Creek, Oak View, Park  Brook, and Rice Lake.

In early October, students who are interested, write an essay to explain why they are the best candidate to represent their school for this project.  Staff members at each school read and rank the essays, without knowledge of who the students are, and the student with the highest ranking is chosen for the project.

The students meet twice-a-month to prepare for the trip and their fundraising.  The students learn about Mexican Culture, a few Spanish phrases, and they have pen pals at Sopori Elementary School in Amado, Arizona.  Each year a different principal from one of the elementary schools travels with the team. 

The students who attend Juan Escutia Elementary school in Sasabe, need to provide their own school supplies, however, due to the poverty level and lack of stores, most students were unable to do so.  This project provides all of the school supplies for the students, along with supplies for the school.  Throughout the years, the students have raised funds to install a playground, purchase a small school bus, and other items to enhance the educational experience for the students in Sasabe, Sonora, Mexico. 

Each school has a School Supply Drive when students in each respective school financially donate to this project.  Students who are members of the team have also reached out to their churches, family and other organizations that their families may be connected to.

The students participating receive a tremendous learning opportunity, and the school in Sasabe has been transformed.

The money that the students raise is used 100% for school supplies and other equipment for the school in Sasabe, Sonora, Mexico.  Travel, food, lodging, and other expenses have been graciously given to Students Connecting Through International Service by the following organizations, listed in alphabetical order:

  • Brooklyn Park Rotary
  • District 279 Foundation
  • Maple Grove Lions
  • Maple Grove Rotary
  • Osseo Lions
  • Piper Jaffery

While a part of Osseo Area Schools, Students Connecting Through International Service is a 501(c)3.  If you are interested in supporting this project, please feel welcome to contact one of the elementary schools for information.

To learn more about this project, feel welcome to watch videos from past years.

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2018 video -

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To see more pictures, click on the image below:

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School Info

Elm Creek Elementary
9830 Revere Lane N
Maple Grove MN 55369

School Hours
8:50 am - 3:20 pm
Office Hours
7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Phone & Fax

School Office

General Fax 

School Leadership

Beth Ness