Danny Michel Scholarships & School Repairs, Belize

 
$25,251
$24,749
Raised
Remaining
Jun 6, 2014

Science, Sports and Graduates finish year in style

2013 Graduation with Danny as Master of Ceremonies
2013 Graduation with Danny as Master of Ceremonies

Graduation Ceremony and Scholarship Awards are June 13-14th - You likely remember from past reports that Danny Michel was our 2013 Master of Ceremonies. Your donations and support were very important in helping many of these students reach the graduation stage. Thank you for continuing to care about the education of Caye Caulker youth. Your donations and scholarship pledges through the Danny Michel Fund are truly appreciated. Our next report will feature photos of this year's proud graduating class of 2014.  We know that Danny and all of you, his supporters, will be there in spirit cheering for the students.  

Annual Science Fair draws crowds: Children from the primary school were curious and impressed as Ocean Academy students demonstrated concepts such as flubber, fireworks in a bottle, keeping cool and of course, the ever-popular volcano eruptions. 

Sports Day: Community members and tourists lined the beach to watch Ocean Academy students compete in sandcastle building, water runs to fill bottles with sponges, sack races, tug-o-war, slowest bike races and water balloon toss.  In addition to being great fun, student teams showed sportsmanship and team spirit.

School Supply Drive: The Belize Association of Houston is hosting a big school supply drive. They have teamed up with Belize Freight to ship much-needed supplies free of charge to Ocean Academy.  There is a wishlist posted that includes desktop computers, printers, file cabinets, display cases, art supplies etc.  Items must be received before July 31st to make the August barge departure.  "Contact Us" on the school website for more information (and see attached poster and website link).

Science Fair exhibit
Science Fair exhibit
What is a Science Fair without volcanos?
What is a Science Fair without volcanos?
Sports Day race - fill bottle with sponge water
Sports Day race - fill bottle with sponge water
Sports Day - water balloon toss
Sports Day - water balloon toss
Construction continues on upstairs classroom space
Construction continues on upstairs classroom space

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Feb 28, 2014

Students eat fire and walk over broken glass!

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I'sha can do anything, even walk on broken glass

Message from Danny Michel - January 10, 2014

Hi everybody! Hope you all had a great holiday and new years. Some dear friends and I rang it in right in sunny Belize where we also popped by the Ocean Academy School with some more scholarship donations and a load of soccer balls. It was wonderful to see the school growing. It was an amazing feeling to see kids graduate and move on AND brand new faces enrolling thanks to YOUR help. 

While we didn’t reach the $10k goal by Jan 6th, we did raise $5175.00 and I know of a few donations still waiting to come in. You can still donate! I’m confident we will reach that goal. 

All in all $56,425.70 has been raised and lives are being changed because of your generosity and kindness.  Thank you.

Ocean Academy Students Eat Fire and Walk on Broken Glass

"Make It Happen", "Do it right the first time" and "Crazy People Succeed" were all messages imparted by motivational speaker Bert Oliva to Ocean Academy students last week.  To demonstrate the power of self-confidence and mind over matter, students were invited to eat fire and walk on broken glass.  The students did it! They can do anything!

Kyle wins National Youth in Tourism Award

Kyle excels in all of Ocean Academy's aquatic tourism P.E. classes (Physical Education). He is a certified Advanced Scuba Diver, Community Reef Technician, skilled kayaker and avid fly fishing student.   Kyle is also a leader in the school's entrepreneurial "Kayak with Purpose" program and takes visitors around the island showing them the seahorse colony, tarpon, mangrove ecosystem and underwater cave entrance.  Congratulations Kyle on the National Award.

Welcome Dr. Corinth Morter-Lewis: School Counsellor

Ocean Academy is blessed to have one of Belize's most experienced counsellors now working with students and parents on campus Thursdays and Fridays.  Mothers and Fathers filled the room for Dr. Lewis's first evening parent workshop: "How to Communicate with your Teenager".

Dr. Lewis was born in Belize City, educated in Belize and US, with a PhD from Alberta, Canada. She is a chartered psychologist, President Emeritus and adjunct professor at the University of Belize. Dr. Lewis's position is funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy Belmopan.

National Award for Youth in Tourism
National Award for Youth in Tourism
Kyle in his element
Kyle in his element
Lidy eats fire
Lidy eats fire
Dr. Corinth Morter Lewis
Dr. Corinth Morter Lewis

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Aug 19, 2013

School Beautification Project

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Danny's December Beautification Project

Danny Michel started us off in December when he rallied fans, students and community volunteers to fix the most urgent items at Ocean Academy such as broken chairs and desks, holes in screens, faulty electrical sockets and dingy walls.  Everyone enjoyed working with Danny, and the great results, so much that we came back on a weekend in August to revitalize the entire campus! 

We're ready for Back to School with freshly painted classrooms, repaired furniture, and a clean campus.  An attractive and welcoming campus, we feel, encourages students to take pride in their school and creates a positive learning environment.  We love the power of community teamwork and volunteerism!  This was the August Beautification Team:

  • 20 students volunteered 198 service hours
  • 8 family members volunteered 57 parent hours
  • 2 alumni (grad 2012)
  • 8 teachers and administrators
  • 5 community members
  • 3 travellers 
  • 4 businesses donated paint and supplies: Brothers Habet, Benny's, Caye Caulker Bakery and Bahia Convenience Store.
Teachers Room
Teachers Room
Painting
Painting
Community volunteer cleaning yard
Community volunteer cleaning yard
Form II classroom - student design and paint job
Form II classroom - student design and paint job
Painting
Painting

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Jun 19, 2013

Ocean Academy's Graduating Class of 2013

Danny and 2013 Ocean Academy Graduates
Danny and 2013 Ocean Academy Graduates

It is with great pride that we introduce you, our supporters and friends, to Ocean Academy's graduating class of 2013!   Your support played a huge role in this wonderful milestone moment.  You responded generously to Danny's appeal to help the graduates pay their tuition balances so that their diploma documents would be complete.  We did it! You did it!!  We know that you were all there with us in spirit at graduation (and some of you even made the trip to Belize!). 

Danny Michel was the Master of Ceremonies for our June 13th ceremony to celebrate the achievements of Caye Caulker's newest high-school graduates.  Your ten 2013 graduates are:  Ireni Alpuche, Elmir Arana, Monica Barrera (Vote of Thanks), Michael Blease (Valedictorian), Zeida Chan, Stephanie Chuc, Denzel Co, Idalia Delgado, Yvon Noralez and Shania Sanchez (Saludatorian).

Our 2013 class already has big plans for next year.  Nine students have been accepted into the University of Belize and St.John's Junior College.  They plan to study diverse fields such as Visual Arts and Graphic Design, Business, Science and Tourism Studies.  We know that you are as proud as we are of these young Belizean men and women, and join us in wishing each and every one the very brightest of futures. 

Preparing to enter the ceremony
Preparing to enter the ceremony
MC Danny Michel
MC Danny Michel
Valedictorian, Saludatorian, Vote of Thanks
Valedictorian, Saludatorian, Vote of Thanks
Hats Off!
Hats Off!
Steps of Ocean Academy
Steps of Ocean Academy

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Jun 10, 2013

Danny Michel and Graduation 2013

Danny and Students, June 2013
Danny and Students, June 2013

Message from Danny Michel:

Dear beloved Ocean Academy donors and friends,

I'm in Belize again . . . for two reasons. The first is to meet up with the Garifuna Collective for a week of rehearsals before our North American tour starting in a few weeks. The second is to MC the graduation of the Ocean Academy (OA) students on the 13th.
 
I was at the school today and everyone is doing great. I wanted you to know your donations have changed lives, literally,  and many kids have gone off to the next level of education in Belize City and other communities.
 
Meanwhile at the school, I was so sad to hear some of the seniors are still so behind in tuition that while the Ocean Academy will let them and their families celebrate graduating,  the school cannot legally hand out a certificate (much like a university in Canada cannot allow someone to graduate who hasn't paid). While it's wonderful that OA lets the kids stay and get an education, it means their hands are tied...and inside their graduation certificate cover will be blank piece of paper. 
 
We are about $6000 dollars away from making these graduates official under the Belize Education System. Oddly enough its close to the same amount that would make my scholarship fund reach the $50,000 mark. There's nothing I'd love more than to see us hit that number and let me hand out real certificates that will be accepted by universities and give them the chance to move forward after all their hard work. If you would ever consider making another donation or matching your last one, this would be the time. I, of course, will be posting all the graduation news, photos and videos. Even if you can't contribute this time, please still enjoy watching the fun on my website and facebook.
 
Thank you.

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