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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
Jul 15, 2019

Library Update, We Love Our New Space!

Dannielle Brandon, Library Founder and Volunteer
Dannielle Brandon, Library Founder and Volunteer

It’s hard to believe that almost 3 months have passed and we are so happy with our new library!  The children have been thoroughly enjoying the books, Legos, play dough, games, dress up costumes and musical instruments. As we settle into our new library space, we want take a moment to highlight the work of one of our most dedicated volunteers: Dannielle Brandon.

Four years ago, Dannielle came to help us at Los Algarrobos. In search of a project, she set her sights on the bookshelf hidden away in the secretary’s office. With a lifelong career working with children, Dannielle recognized that this was a resource to take advantage of. She made it her mission to collect educational toys in addition to the books. Over the years, she has worked tirelessly to transform a small bookshelf into a full library, a magical place where our students can grow, learn and imagine.  

This year, Dannielle took a much deserved vacation and upon her return, we were anxious for her to see the new space in use and add her personal touch as she always does so well. We are pleased to add that we are into our second year of lending books out and the children are slowly becoming comfortable in the library in a cultre that is not generally focused on books and reading. We want to thank Dannielle from the bottom of our heart and share her amazing work with all of our supporters!

In other news, thanks to your generous support, we were able to purchase windows for the west side of our new library building. This is the wall where we often display the children’s artwork so it was very important to keep the rain on the outside. 

Please stay posted! As the school year goes on books and toys are often lost or damaged. And we are always using up paint, glue, colored pencils and paper among many other arts and crafts supplies! Your continued support will keep the library stocked and updated! 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM GLOBAL GIVING

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!

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