Seventh graders show off their Language exams.
Last week our students handed in their final portfolios and began to enjoy their summer vacation. It was a long, hard school year, 100% online. For students, teachers and parents alike, adapting to school over a phone (for most of our students) has been incredibly challenging. We have all learned so much, from how to change our methodologies to how to navigate the Google Classroom platform. Our entire environmental education program went from group activities to home activities and all of our fundraising efforts have gone online.
When the school year started, we were deeply worried that so many students would withdraw that we would be forced to close the school. Thanks to you, and several local sponsors from Canoa and Quito, we were able to provide 38 students with full or half scholarships! These families continue to struggle as economic recovery is slow, and a great majority of our families depend on tourism for income. Your support this year allowed them to keep their kids at Los Algarrobos, where they feel part of our community, intead of having to change schools on top of all the other changes we made this year. On behalf of these parents, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. We are so blessed to have you in our community.
Throughout the year our sponsored students have sent you updates and videos about their studies. They are in the process of sending you one more thank you note, which upon arrival we hope you consider continuing to sponsor your godchild until they graduate. This year, the government has already declared that the school year will start online. And even though vaccination efforts are underway, we don't expect the economy to recover for some time now. Please consider continuing to sponsor your godchild!
Thank you so very much, and we will see you next school year!
Thaias presents his home garden project.
Mother of sixth grader handing in son's portfolio