December signals the end of term here in Costa Rica and another graduation for us. This year we are sponsoring four new students to attend Escuela Futuro Verde in 2015 and continuing the sponsorship with our three students from last year. We also have 12 sponsor students in our pre-school program for 2015. Three new volunteers joined the team and we are looking forward to the new year.
We have a bunch of fundraiser ideas swirling around for 2015 and we also hope to start construction on a new classroom at our Mal Pais pre-school location. We have been very busy these past few years and it's hard to believe the project has already celebrated three graduations, we are all feeling very nostalgic. The students painted their teacher made graduation hats in lots of different colours and they are all very excited to make a small presentation to their parents. On graduation day the other pre-school students will make a percussion band and form to rows to welcome the graduates. We will finish the celebration with a parent collaboration "Potluck" lunch. Then it's off to 1st grade for our graduates!
We would like to thank you all for your interest in our little education project and wish you all a wonderful New Year!
All the best
Last month all our project volunteers were very busy making crafts to sell at our Crafts Fair, a successful fundraiser we held last week. All the crafts were made by the students from our pre-school program and our volunteers. We were literally crafting machines! Parents showed support by donating baked goods to sell and we also had a raffle. All proceeds of the event were added to our sponsorship program fund. The Fair was very popular and we raised nearly a full years tuition for one graduate student to attend Escuela Futuro Verde in 2015. It was an enjoyable day for the community and everybody asked - "When's the next Crafts Fair!" So a lot of positive feed back and we're already planning another for the end of the year.
We also have a busy September planned. We just celebrated on September the 9th, "Dia del Nino" which is a day in Costa Rica to celebrate children. We had a really fun party for all our pre-school students, full of laughter and silliness! September 15th, is Costa Rican Independence Day. We have been busy preparing for our annual parade and parent presentation. All the students will wear "Ropa Tipica" which is typical traditional clothes and we will all sing the national anthem, the song for Independence Day and the students will demonstrate a traditional dance, then we'll have our parade in the village of Mal Pais. We'll finish with a collaboration lunch of "Comida Tipica" which is typical traditional food. It's a very colorful and flavorful day and always lots of fun. We look forward to sharing photos with you all next month.
Many thanks to you all, for your continued interest and support with our community education project. We are very grateful and appreciative of the support. Together we are the change!
All the best,
This project has been established to aid the local schools which are currently over populated, under-staffed and under-resourced. It aims to improve facilities and resources, supply assistant teachers, and text books for every student.
With the over flow of immigrants, due to the booming tourist industry, the public schools have become over populated, under staffed and under resourced. Currently students attend school for 3 hrs a day, with teachers often having to group grades together.
With support, the project will include:
Education fights crimes, violence and wars...education unites us all.
Many thanks for your continuing support
Founder of the Mal Pais Education project
December we saw our kindergarten class of 2013 graduate and our new classroom were completed with generous donations from you and lots of volunteer work!
For 2014, we are sponsoring three of our graduates to study at the local non-profit bilingual school which is a considerable amount per month, so we have plenty of fundraisers planned for this year. We will also continue our own sponsorship program with the Mal Pais Education Project Kinder, we have 10 students starting on Monday!
We are grateful for the opportunity to unite our little community through education. Through our learning center and community center we're able to support and empower local families and facilitate a brighter future for our students.
Happy New Year and thank you all for your support in our community/education project.
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