Our achievement this month follows from the construction we did back in August. The work done in the classroom was always intended as a work in progress and this month we have moved so much closer to our goal of having a fully refurbished classroom, ready to use and bursting with resources. We have some beautiful paintwork on the walls and plans to complete all the painting and a new bookshelf within the next week. From there we have plans in place to tile the floor including floor mosaics as well as having a reading area complete with storytelling chair, an art gallery area and a learning area.
These plans may not be quite completed yet but we are already using the classroom to great effect. We have held English classes in there for a while but our most recent successes have been working individually with certain students to help them push forward, working with the whole of grade 1 in reading workshops and the whole of grade 4 in maths workshops.
One of our goals for next month is to run a fund raising event to raise money for the completion of the room and extra resources for the students to use. We would like to make this classroom not only a space to learn maths, reading and English, but also a place to practice arts, music, dancing and hopefully also a place from which we can encourage more diverse sports within the school. One of the students recently won gold in the Under 18s World Body Boarding Championship. This is a community with extremely talented individuals and this classroom should help give them all an opportunity to discover and realise their potential.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to sharing how the Fundraising Challenge goes!
All the best
Costa Rica Community Programs Manager