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Aug 13, 2018

Technology is Fun!

Using tablets in a classroom
Using tablets in a classroom
Shoulder to Shoulder has installed the KA Lite program in all the classrooms at our Bilingual School.  (KA Lite is the non-internet based program of the Khan Academy.)  Each classroom is equiped with a server and projector, so that the class can watch world-class educators providing math lessons.  Then, the children get to do math problems, using tablets.  They love being able to go at their own pace, as they challenge themselves, using the tablets.
We received a grant from the LearningEquity.com organization, that will allow us to expand this program into other elementary, middle, and High Schools.  So far, we have installed the technology in 7 High Schools, 2 elementary schools, and 7 middle schools.  
We are getting the children of the Frontera to be EXCITED about MATH.  Can you believe that?!
How excited are the students?  Well, at one High School, the students are so eager to get into class and get their hands on the tablets, that we had one young man actually trip over a chair, in his rush.  (Fortunately, it was a plastic chair, and no one was hurt.)  But, when was the last time you heard about a student running into a classroom to ensure that he was one of the lucky ones who had a tablet to use?!
We are also expanding into ROBOTICS.  Our Honduran Team will be competing in the 2nd Annual International Robotics Competition in Mexico City on August 16th.  See details at our "Honduras Robots" website.
Happy Student at Bilingual School
Happy Student at Bilingual School
Volunteer, Paul C, sitting with students
Volunteer, Paul C, sitting with students

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Jul 9, 2018

Big Sister; Little Brother

Brother and Sister from San Marcos
Brother and Sister from San Marcos

It has been a very exciting 3 months. We just learned that the Mathile Institute will provide Shoulder to Shoulder with funding to continue our Nutrition Project for six more months. So, instead of ending on August 30, 2018….we can now continue the project until February 2019. In order to do that, we need to match the Mathile Institute funds.  

Along with distributing the Chispuditos product, we just started to provide nutritional education to the mothers and fathers in our program. Thanks to the generosity of Jessica Minesinger (one of the members of our Board of Directors), Community Health workers now have a nutrition curriculum to use. We are hopeful that this education will also help to improve the health of the children in our program. Families lack information about good nutrition, and many children fill up on sugary drinks and salty snacks.  We believe that change comes through knowledge!

May 15, 2018

Children's Smiles Fill Our Hearts With Joy

Dr. Idalia Providing Dental Education
Dr. Idalia Providing Dental Education

Dear Education Donor:

Happy Spring!  As the flowers bloom, so do the smiles on the faces of the children at Shoulder to Shoulder's Bilingual School.  Now in the 3rd month of the school year, the children have settled in, and are doing the hard work of learning.

As always, our Volunteers are vital to our success.  One volunteer, Matt Tibbitts, is a great photographer and videographer.  He has made a number of videos for StS.  Please take a moment to watch Matt's Facing the Future video:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmHdC6CYz7k.    I'm sure it will bring a SMILE to your face. 

Why do the children at the Good Shepherd have such great smiles?  Because thanks to the hard work of Dr. Jan and Larry Tepe, every child in the school receives FREE dental care at Dr. Idalia Ramos' dental clinic in Concepcion. 

Thank you for your continued support of the Good Shepherd Bilingual School!

Keep smiling,

Laura

Donation of Toothbrushes Good Shepherd School
Donation of Toothbrushes Good Shepherd School
 
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