Oct 14, 2019

A Place to Learn and Grow

The library at recess
The library at recess

The first semester has passed and we have put our new library space to great use! In addition to being a place of reference for students to research and check out books, the library has also become a place to host activities for students, teachers and parents. 

During the mornings, many teachers bring their students into the library to work on theatrical activities or group work. In the afternoons the library may host teacher development workshops or meetings with parents. The library has become a site where all branches of our educatonal community, students, parents, and teachers, can come together for the common goal: creating an enriching environment where Canoa's children can learn and grow! 

As you may have heard in the news, there are massive protests happening all over Ecuador. This has caused the Ministry of Education to close schools for over a week now. There are no students to enjoy our beautiful library! With the economic paralysis we are experiencing, we expect the coming months to be very difficult for our Los Algarrobos families to contribute with tuition.

Please consider a donation to help get our families and teachers through this tough time! 

Student Assembly
Student Assembly
Teachers planning classes
Teachers planning classes
Parents Meeting
Parents Meeting
Oct 14, 2019

Garbage bins and Baby Trees!

Transplanting baby trees
Transplanting baby trees

We've just finished our first semester with lots of environmental education activites under our belt! A community festival presentation, a field trip and now, recycling bins to place around school! 

Our most recent activity was the construction of various recycling bins to put up around the school. Sixth graders made the bins out of natural materials like bamboo and wood, or recycled materials like cardboard.  They built the bins here at school and painted them. Not only was it a fun and practical way to talk about the importance of recycling, but now there are recycling bins all over school wherever they could be needed!

In addition to programming, the funds raised for the Environmental Education programincludes the salary for our science teacher employed at school. Enrique Vera has been working with Los Algarrobos for four years now. He is very loved by students and parents and is most famous for his creative projects and fun artisitic presentations. Thanks to your continued support, we are able to pay Enrique for his hard work and keep him coming back each year! 

As you may have heard in the news, there are massive protests happening all over Ecuador. This has caused the Ministry of Education to close schools for over a week now. There are no students to enjoy our beautiful library! With the economic paralysis we are experiencing, we expect the coming months to be very difficult for our Los Algarrobos families to contribute with tuition.

Please consider a donation to help get our families and teachers through this tough time! 

Paper and cardboard recycling bin
Paper and cardboard recycling bin
Enrique with the graduating class of 2017
Enrique with the graduating class of 2017
Jul 15, 2019

Our First Field Trip!

Seventh graders observe termites nest!
Seventh graders observe termites nest!

On June 22, we went on our first field trip with the seventh graders at Los Algarrobos School! The families were so excited to spend a day together outside of school! 

The day began at 8:00 on a Saturday when we all met at school to get into three vans that would take us around the region to our varios destinations. Our first stop was to the Cerro Seco Nature Reserve. Here the students went on an hour long nature walk in virgin dry tropical rain forest. Led by project leader Michaela Maissen, the students and parents saw local habitat in its most wild form. They were particularly impressed with the enormous Ceibo trees and a huge termite's nest!

After a well earned snack, the families got back in the vans to head over to the second destination: The worksite for the Planet Drum Foundation. Here, project leader Clay Plager-Unger led students and parents in a discussion about environmental responsibility and what role planting trees has in protecting the planet. After, the students split into two groups to transplant baby trees from a nursery into individual recycled plastic bottles to be planted in the ground at a later date. We hope to plant trees from our own nursery at school during a field trip later in the school year! 

After a warm farewell with Clay, the group headed back to the vans to return to school. Parents and students were all very happy with the trip and prepared to do reflection on what they experienced in science class. 

Help keep this environmental project alive! The countdown to the July 18th Bonus Day is on! This bonus day is all about matching BIG gifts. Starting at 9:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, July 18, GlobalGiving is putting up $130K in matching funds for donations of $100 and above. The higher the donation, the higher the match!

The next activity in our environmental education program will be a beach clean-up involving the whole school! The class that shows up with the greatest percent of participation will celebrate with a pizza party! Stay tuned! 

Families enjoying the van ride!
Families enjoying the van ride!
Families walking in nature reserve with guide
Families walking in nature reserve with guide
Students transplant baby trees at Planet Drum
Students transplant baby trees at Planet Drum
 
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