Education
 Belize
Project #6903

Send 75 Students to High School in Belize

by Caye Caulker Ocean Academy
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Caribbean Sustainability Science Fair Competition
Caribbean Sustainability Science Fair Competition

It has been some time since our last report, but you'll understand when you read about how many activities and projects the Ocean Academy students have been doing this year. 

National Science Fair Competition: Students Yuma, Kyle, Leivy and Ramiro (not pictured) represented Ocean Academy in Belize City as part of a Caribbean-wide SAGICOR Visionaries Sustainable Solutions Science Fair. The team`s project focussed on the Compost & Gardening Project as one solution to the problem of waste disposal on Caye Caulker.  Students also had to demonstrate how their project incorporated S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

Field Trip to Belize City Women's Month Summit: Delegates from Oceean Academy's Female Leadership Community (empowerment and leadership club) attended the 8th Women's Day Summit in Belize City. The theme this year was "The Gender Agenda, Gaining Momentum".  Read the girls' blog to hear what they liked most about the March field trip and speakers.

Teen Mentoring and Leadership Training Weekend: 13 Ocean Academy students earned certificates in Teen Mentorship from the Black Gold School District, Alberta, Canada and led engaging playground activities for primary-school children in February. Student Services teachers Sam Boss-Bischoff, Denise Harrison, and five of their students facilitated engaging discussions about peer mentorship strategies, characteristics of role models, communication skills, expressing encouragement and forms of diversity.

Belize Shark Project: Guest speaker Dr. Rachel Graham led an engaging session about sharks with the Ocean Academy Marine Biology class in February, followed by another activity session with the primary-school Environmental Club.  The younger children made Valentine's Day cards to their favourite shark!  The older students can't wait to go out on the water with Dr. Graham to help her tag sharks in April.

More photos and stories: Check out our school website to see additional photos and stories about Sports Day, Business Fair, class projects, teacher academic accomplishments and volunteer group projects.

Field Trip to Belize City Women
Field Trip to Belize City Women's Month Summit
Mentoring and Playground Games Training Session
Mentoring and Playground Games Training Session
Marine biology class - sharks
Marine biology class - sharks

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Thank you!
Thank you!

2012 was a very good year for Ocean Academy students. Your donations are truly making a positive difference in the lives of young Belizeans.  High-school attendance on Caye Caulker is exceeding the rest of the nation: only 40% of high-school age students attend school across Belize while an estimated 70% attend on Caye Caulker.  Your scholarship pledges and recurring donations play a huge role in this success statistic. As the student sign says in the first photo, "thank you for giving us the gift of a lifetime...our education". 

If you can't escape the winter cold this year and come to Belize, then you can still meet the students through video links below:

  • Link#1 - graduates Mercedes, Lilly and Artie talk about what opportunities have opened up to them because of their determination to get an education. 
  • Link #2 - school co-founder Heidi Curry describes Ocean Academy's philosophy and start in 2008. 
  • Link #3  - takes you to our school website where photos and student stories are regularly updated.

Happy New Year from the students and staff of Caye Caulker Ocean Academy!

2012 Graduating Class
2012 Graduating Class
National Awards - FLC and Compost/Gardening clubs
National Awards - FLC and Compost/Gardening clubs
Tutoring children at the primary school
Tutoring children at the primary school
Christmas show performance
Christmas show performance
Environmental education
Environmental education

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National Youth for the Future Awards
National Youth for the Future Awards

Compost & Gardening Club: 1st place in National Youth Awards (Agriculture category)

Students are now preparing a presentation for a Caribbean-wide Science Fair. Their project: Reducing organic waste in the village dump site through composting & gardening.

Female Leadership Club (FLC): 2nd place in National Youth Awards (Power to Women)

Every Tuesday, ten Ocean Academy girls meet as a book club to discuss personal issues such as identity, healthy lifestyles, relationships, and career dreams.  This group is now also in a November Global Giving competition to join The Girl Effect Project.  Click the links below, and you can read writings and see photos on the FLC' club's blog, and contribute to the girls' Global Giving November page for The Girl Effect Project.

Interact Volunteering Club: Tutoring at Primary School 

This enthusiastic group of Ocean Academy students is helping younger children with their homework and reading skills, after school.  The club also has a Saturday beach clean-up on their volunteer calendar this month.

Female Leadership Community Club
Female Leadership Community Club
Volunteer tutoring at primary school
Volunteer tutoring at primary school
Classroom expansion project continues
Classroom expansion project continues
October cupcakes
October cupcakes

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Graduates 2012
Graduates 2012

Ocean Academy Graduation 2012

We are very proud of our nine graduates for 2012. Since Ocean Academy opened in 2008, these students have grown with the school and helped to shape it. Now, five are headed to Muffles Junior College, one to a school in California, one has a job with Caye Caulker Belize Tourism Industry Association, and one has a job with the Caye Caulker Traffic Control Office. Congratulations Valedictorian Mercedes Requena, Saludatorian Lilly Aldana, Vote of Thanks Elizabeth Requena, Arturo Allen, Clifton Burgess, David Estrada, Estrella Jimenez, Ramon Pantin and Ramir Villanueva.

Global Giving's Bonus Day Results

June 13, 2012 was a bonus giving day and we would like to thank you all for your generous support. 

21 donors gave $2435 to Ocean Academy on June 13th.  An additional $220 was donated from GlobalGiving's matching funds. Thank you.  We learned two things from this fund-raising experience:

1) It is truly amazing what we can do in just one day by all working together!

2) Donating very early (actually - very late since the fundraiser starts just after midnight) is crucial in order to maximize the matching funds.  You can see the full results at the link below.

Proud parents and graduate
Proud parents and graduate
Principal Marin
Principal Marin

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Textbook Rental Program
Textbook Rental Program

Donations will be Matched 40% on June 13th

Thank you very much for the donations you have already made to Ocean Academy through Global Giving.  We have an opportunity to significantly increase our funding through a Global Giving Bonus Day campaign on June 13th.  Donations made after 12:01 EDT will be matched 40%.  We hope that you will make your next Ocean Academy donation on this day, and encourage you to talk with your friends and colleagues about the June 13th opportunity.

Our school year is drawing to a close and we would like to share some successes that were made possible through your support:

Graduation: Nine students will graduate and receive their hard-earned diplomas next week. Our next report will share the full graduation story and photos.

Tutoring Program Expands: In addition to our free after-school tutoring by teachers and volunteers, Ocean Academy students also tutor and support each other in the Peer-Tutoring Program.  Rotary Interact Club members go to the primary school weekly to tutor and read to the younger children.

Textbook Rental Program: We noticed that many students were going the entire year without textbooks because the city bookstore would run out of copies, or because some families struggled with the added expense of traveling to the city and buying new textbooks.  Students can now rent most of their books on campus for a fraction of the price. Your donations will buy more class sets.

Aquatic Tourism P.E.: In Scuba Diving class, six students earned Advanced certificates and one earned Open Water. Five students and an administrator certified as Reef Technicians. Other aquatic choices include Fly Fishing, Kayaking, Sailing and Windsurfing.  With these skills, islander students can get top aquatics jobs right out of high school.

Global Giving Matching Day Details

  • When: Wednesday June 13, 2012
  • Time: Starts at 12:01 EDT (donate early to ensure your contribution is fully matched)
  • Matching: 40% on donations up to $1000
  • Bonus Prizes: The organization that raises the most funds will receive $1000 extra from Global Giving. The organization with the most unique donors also receives $1000

 

Peer Tutoring
Peer Tutoring
Aquatic Tourism P.E.: Advanced Scuba Course
Aquatic Tourism P.E.: Advanced Scuba Course
Ocean Academy
Ocean Academy's Graduation Ceremony is June 15

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Caye Caulker Ocean Academy

Location: Caye Caulker, Belize - Belize
Website: http:/​/​www.cayecaulkerschool.com
Project Leader:
Joni Miller
Caye Caulker, Belize

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