The Public School of Mal Pais is on the road to a beautiful transformation, this year has brought many positive changes for the school and community!!! In February we welcomed ESL teacher Sara, from the USA, her students are all smiles and their progress with the English language is incredible. April welcomed teacher Alexander, who teaches the national curriculum. His arrival has been huge for the school, allowing for smaller student grouping and for the school to remain open when the director has to attend meetings. The Art program has been a great success with nearly all students participating. Actually, two students were chosen to represent the school for the national Art Festival last week. We hope to have a bigger budget in the future, to allow for music, dance and drama so we can continue to inspire and excite the students with the Arts.
There have also been numerous repairs to the school infrastructure and grounds. The project helped set up a new classroom and several local businesses sponsored the project to allow for the much needed repairs and general grounds clean up. This time of year Dengue fever and snakes are a serious threat.
For next month the project has organized a community Carnival fundraiser, we hope to gather sufficient funds to build another small classroom, and paint the school exterior. As always the list is endless, but the will for change is strong!!!
We are so excited to welcome Sara Appino to the project team. Sara has been teaching at the Mal Pais School since the beginning of the School year. Her students are already showing some amazing results and happy faces!
We still have much more fundraising ahead of us - a new standard classroom will cost $25,000, but each fundraiser will bring us closer to our goal and closer together as a community.
Recently the community held a fundraiser at local restaurant Brisas del Mar aimed specifically to build a playground located within the grounds of the Mal Pais Public School. Well, needless to say, the event was a smashing success. Thanks to the generosity of our local community, not to mention the hard work of our volunteer Super Chefs, Jon, Spencer, Jim and Billy, we raised just enough money to have the playground ready for the children to enjoy at the beginning of November 2010. The show of support for this event was fabulous, and shows much promise for future events and future local fundraising!
On August 22nd we had our first Community clean up at the School of Mal Pais. The day was a hot one, and the surf was cranking!!! But the Community showed their support, and kept coming throughout the day with shovels, rakes, plants and wheel barrows. All Materials were donated to the school, and the volunteers quickly set to work. We managed to collect a truck-load full of rubbish from the school grounds. Exposed electrical wires and water tubes were buried, a concrete floor was laid and we planted young trees around the whole grounds, plants and flowers. Students of the school collected fallen branches, while the youngest collected twigs and helped rake fallen leaves. In Costa Rica, when the grass grows and the grounds are un-kept, local snakes move in!!!
Local community member Dona Martha made a huge pot of Arroz con Pollo (chicken and rice) for all the workers, and parents brought delicious baked goods to share. The day was a great success, with a head count of over forty!!!
There is still a tremendous amount of work to do at the school, but this day showed there isn't a shortage of volunteers within the community, willing to donate their labour and support the project. As donated funds allow for new materials, the Community, parents and students, will continue to work!!!
Re-roofing the school is next on the list...
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