Educational support in Mal Pais, Costa Rica

 
$14,652
$348
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Nov 7, 2011

Students represent Mal Pais at Art Festival

Tydus
Tydus

This year two students were chosen to represent Mal Pais School in the national Art Festival. Klarissa steidenstiker Garica, grade 6, and Tydus Danchik, grade 3. They both produced two pieces of fine Art, the open title that they were first judged on and then the set title of: My School. I'm very proud of all the Art students this year, and truly wish everyone could of entered a piece. But, I'm especially proud of Klarissa and my son Tydus, for the excellent effort they made for both of their pieces. The director of the school was so thrilled with their work he now wants it to be permanently displayed in the school.

I'm so excited about the new Art program and hope for a bigger budget to include music, dance and drama in the future. Mal Pais has some very talented students and we hope to be able to enter more events in the festival next year as well as keeping the students inspired and excited about Art!!!

Well done to all the budding Artists!!!

Klarissa
Klarissa
Aug 1, 2011

Beautiful transformation at Mal Pais

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!!!

Apr 15, 2011

Art classes and a volunteer teacher at Mal Pais

Sara teaching
Sara teaching

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 have also now introduced Art Classes to Mal Pais school, which have been well received by students, parents and the School Director. All materials and resources for the classes are from donations and the class is staffed by volunteer Celina Otero-Monsegur and Sonya. We've been so inspired by the students Art so far, we're looking forward to hosting a fundraiser Art Show in the near future and also entering the National Art festival, which is coming up soon. New research has shown that Art plays an equally important role in education, so we're excited with this new change in the students curriculum. I think you'll agreed the Mal Pais students are a talented bunch. Please enjoy the photo's.
Happy faces!
Happy faces!
A proud artist!
A proud artist!
Hard at work
Hard at work
Jan 26, 2011

Playground at the Mal Pais public school

Mal Pais Playground
Mal Pais Playground
The playground is now in place at Mal Pais Public School, this marks the first playground in the area. So as you can imagine it's been full of happy faces since it's placement at the beginning of November. The community and Mal Pais Public School, gives a big Thanks to Barbara and Jon for all their efforts and for sponsoring the event. Also a special thanks to the local Super chefs - Spencer and Billy of Flora Blanca Hotel, Jim from Soma and Jon of Brisas Del Mar.
This fun event brought the community together and the result of the playground now in place at the school, has not only provided a place for the local children to play, but also facilitates a space where the community can come together and parents can support each other.

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.

Oct 3, 2010

Local community fundraiser for the project

The Super Chefs!
The Super Chefs!

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!

Working on the line...
Working on the line...
Guests arriving and children playing
Guests arriving and children playing

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Ross Deans

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