Create Environmental Education Program in Ecuador

by James Dean Byrd Foundation Inc
Create Environmental Education Program in Ecuador
Create Environmental Education Program in Ecuador
Create Environmental Education Program in Ecuador
Create Environmental Education Program in Ecuador
Create Environmental Education Program in Ecuador
Create Environmental Education Program in Ecuador
Create Environmental Education Program in Ecuador
Create Environmental Education Program in Ecuador
Create Environmental Education Program in Ecuador
Create Environmental Education Program in Ecuador
Create Environmental Education Program in Ecuador
Create Environmental Education Program in Ecuador
Our 2018-2019 Environmental Program Ends Soon!
Our 2018-2019 Environmental Program Ends Soon!

Here's a recap of what all your donations so far this year have accomplished here in Ecuador! 

  • Planet Drum Foundation came to school and helped us build seedbeds
  • They later returned with volunteers to plant baby trees from the seedbeds into individual plastic bottles
  • Sixth and seventh graders participated in a local Earth Day fair. 
  • Seventh graders visited a dry-tropical forest nature reserve. 
  • They also visited the Planet Drum Foundation worksite. 
  • Sixth graders built recycling bins to put up around the school. 
  • Seventh graders will visit a local farming community to plant trees around their church. 
  • They will also visit the Rio Muchacho Organic Farm. 
  • 4 civic hours this year were dedicated to environmental themes (Earth Day, Oceans Day, Intenational Day of Migratory Birds, World Water Day) 

So we just wanted to send out a huge THANK YOU! This was just the beginning of what will become an annual program! Each year geting better and better! 

We are also sending a friendly reminder that Giving Tuesday is December 3rd and just days away! We have launched next years fundraising page just in time for ths special day! On Tuesday, all of your contributions will be partially matched! Global Giving has $500,000 of matching funds and the more money we raise, the more of $500K in matching funds we win! 

This will be our last email to you because we will be soon closing our 2019-2020 project! To continue to receive updates on the program, make a donation, big or small to our new 2020-2021 program through the link below! 

Donate on Tuesday and ensure that our Environmental Education Program continues on for another year!

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Natural sciences class
Natural sciences class

Thanks to all of your generous support, our Environmental Education Program for the 2019-2020 school year is fully funded! And just in time, as there is only one more big activity scheduled before the end of the school year in January: A field trip to the rural the community of Rio Muchacho to plant trees and visit the Rio Muchacho Organic Farm. 

So far, we definitely feel that the program is starting to make its mark on the students. We understand that true environmental awareness takes time but we are proud to see small changes in our students’ habits and attitudes. And this was just the first year! Now, we officially make the program annual by opening a second year of fundraising for the Environmental Education Program.  Soon, we will be closing this year’s project and you will stop receiving updates. To continue supporting the Environmental Education program follow the link below to make a donation. 

And don’t forget that in just two weeks on Giving Tuesday, December 3, all of your contributions to our projects will be partially matched! Giving Tuesday is a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity, and you are invited! Take advantage of this opportunity to get matched and join the movement!

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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
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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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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!
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James Dean Byrd Foundation Inc

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Green Cove Springs, FL United States

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