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:
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.
Message from Danny Michel:
Dear beloved Ocean Academy donors and friends,
Most of you know that our friend Danny Michel was recently nominated for a Juno Award in the category of World Music Album of the Year. In the countdown to the awards, students made good-luck posters and posted a new one every day on the school Facebook. Danny and the Garifuna Collective are always winners in our books!
So many great things happen every month in our busy little school that it's hard to pick just three to share in this report. Your support, through Danny Michel, makes all the difference.
Earth Day: April 22 the entire student body spent the day volunteering in the Forest Reserve at the northern tip of Caye Caulker. We cleared trails, watered mangrove and littoral forest seedlings, and collected garbage off the beaches.
Shark-Tagging: Dr. Rachel Graham of the Belize Shark Project taught marine-biology students how to use a GPS, depth sounder, collect data, bait a long-line and set-up an underwater camera. The group didn't catch any sharks to tag but did swim with 21 Southern Sting Rays and 4 Nurse Sharks.
Science Fair: Naked Eggs? Colour-changing milk? Exploding bottles? Ocean Academy students led hands-on experiments and demonstrations for preschool and primary school children, as well as community adult visitors and tourists.
June: Our next report to you will be about Graduation, Scholarship Awards, World Oceans Day, student contestants in the Miss Lobster Fest Pagaent and much more. Can't wait? Want to see the full photo albums? Check out our school website and Facebook pages.
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