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! 

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Jun 17, 2019

Our First Activity of the Year!

Sixth graders sing about loving the planet!
Sixth graders sing about loving the planet!

Here in Ecuador, Earth Day is celebrated on June 5th, and this year, the Los Algarrobos School was invited to participate in a local Earth Day Fair! 

Along with several other groups and organizations, our school presented our love for the planet and natural environment! To start off the program, our sixth and seventh graders each prepared an upbeat song to share with the crowd! 

Afterwards, each group involved explained their work, including Planet Drum Foundation, the Rio Muchacho Organic Farm, and FOCAZNOM, a local group dedicated to organizing fair prices for organic products. The children's group "Rejoice Canoa" also sold second-hand clothing and prepared juice with the blender bike! All the while, there were games and activities to keep the kids engaged and happy. 

Overall, the fair was a great success! The kids learned, played and sang their hearts out! As our first activity for the Environmental Education Program, we think it was a great success! 

Stay tuned! On June 22 we have our first field trip with the graduating 7th grade class to visit Planet Drum's tree nursery and take a nature walk in a virgin Dry Tropical Forest. 

Also visit our website www.jamesdeanbyrdfoundation.org to learn of our other ongoing activities, including our annual raffle, happening now. 

The kids loved the blender-bike!
The kids loved the blender-bike!
Planet Drum gave away trees to all the children!
Planet Drum gave away trees to all the children!
A local organic farm taught us about plastic!
A local organic farm taught us about plastic!
Apr 29, 2019

Back to School Success!

On Wednesday we welcomed a new school year with an inauguration ceremony! After some motivating words from the director, students and parents went to see their new classrooms and meet their new teachers! Everyone is so excited to start a new school year!  

We are also very excited to open our new library! Particularly during recess hour, the library becomes full of students exploring new toys, games and books. This is possible thanks to YOUR generous support! 

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! 

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