Teachers starting a new School Year
The 2021-2022 school year started in May with all kinds of obstacles and challenges due to the continuing pandemic. Many of our families had difficulty deciding whether to come back to school or not this year since for many families the economic situation has not improved. Many came back and other didn't, so one challenge this year has been low enrollment rates, a huge risk for the future of the school.
However, we never waver! Thanks to the continue support of our donors, we are still open and are not only surviving but thriving! We were able to provide over forty scholarships to our neediest families this year! We brought two amazing volunteers to aid our teachers and administrators, and we have expanded our environmental education program impressively!
Our volunteers, Natalia and Viviana, are both recent university graduates from Quito. They started the year taking students for beach clean-ups every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They also launched a sewing workshop to teach local families new skills and sew cloth shopping bags to help reduce the use of plastic bags in our area. Most recently, they evaluated each of our students third through seventh grade in reading fluency to help identify students who need extra help in reading. We are amazed and incredibly grateful for their hard work!
In addition to beach clean up and sewing cloth bags, the volunteers also helped to launch a compost competition! Where students have three weeks to create a compost in their yard. The class with the most participation will win a pizza party for the class!
Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this school year possible with your continued support!
Beach Clean Up and Workshop!
Reading Evaluations with Volunteers