Bertha Von Glumera
Nick continued his “Acts of Kindness” in the town of San Felipe because of his good friend Martin Romo. Martin owns a restaurant in San Felipe called Rice and Beans. After sitting and chatting with Martin for a bit in 2005, Nick expressed his desire to help the people of Baja even more. Martin offered to show Nick where his own children went to kindergarten and where he himself volunteered. Nick was taken aback by the circumstances that such young children were asked to learn in. The room was small and served as the only classroom the school had. It was covered with a ramshackle roof and supported with exposed two by four pieces of wood. The floor was dirt and a dilapidated kitchen that looked unfit for use adjoined it.
Nick looked at this kindergarten and the children that it educated and saw another opportunity to serve the people of Baja. He and his AOK wrecking crew got to work. Brian Nix oversaw this large demolition and re-construction project. The crew began by tiling the floor, adding drywall to the structure, and painting the building a bright blue for the children to enjoy. They fixed the broken air conditioning system and eight people completely remodeled the old kitchen with new appliances, counters, cabinets, flooring, and lighting. Nick, Brian, and the team then brought a trailer and loaded all of the trash and demolition debris and hauled it away. They got the local fire department to hose out the pool and had it recoated and painted. They fixed the fence around the property and the school instantly became a healthy and safe environment for the young children of San Felipe.
In addition to the physical improvement to the kindergarten’s structure, Nick helped to build its educational infrastructure as well. He went home and purchased the best books, tapes, videos, and supplies necessary for English Language Learners (ELL). He then spoke directly to the children about the importance of learning English and encouraged them to study hard. He promised to return in one year with the hopes of speaking to each one of them in English. Nick received a certificate from this class naming him their godfather. This was the most honorable award and title that can be given to anyone from these young children.
One year later, Nick was again in San Felipe celebrating with the town in their version of Mardi Gras. A little girl named Lupita approached him and she said to him, “Hello, my name is Lupita. I live in San Felipe. I go to Jardin de Ninos. Thank you for all your help.” Nick was impressed and overwhelmed with this little girl’s dedication and it only fed his desire to do more.