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Santa Fe begins construction work on gymnasium

Children from the Santa Fe community have never been able to have physical education lessons at school due to the lack of suitable facilities. Following great efforts, the school board with the support of teaching staff obtained municipal funding to begin the construction of a gymnasium. The Educar Foundation collaborated by clearing and leveling the terrain in preparation for the construction work.

7th Edition of Spelling Bee

The Educar Foundation and the Alajuela Rotary Club came together once again to hold the regional spelling bee. More than 100 children from various schools participated in the institutional competitions. In the final round, pupils from Juan Arrieta and Quebradas schools were among the top-placed students.

Scholarship student graduates from university

Keylor Carrión, a graduate from the program of Scholarships for Excellence, has just graduated in Electromechanical Engineering. Keylor studied at Itiquís Elementary School and the ICA High School. During his university studies, he also received financial assistance from the Foundation’s University Support Fund.

Training course for parents in San Luis

As part of the project to improve academic performance, San Luis Elementary School has a program to help the second-grade students develop their reading skills. One important aspect of this process is the support parents give their children at home. To assist with this, the second-grade teachers gave parents training in learning styles and study techniques.

Santa Rita students shine in sports competitions

Despite the difficult situation their community is going through, pupils from Santa Rita Elementary school showed that with effort, motivation and support, it is possible to overcome adversity. These students were successful in reaching national competitions in swimming, athletics and chess. During the classification stages in the months leading up to these events they outperformed many pupils from other schools and regions. The Foundation sponsored these students providing them with the resources necessary to train and compete.

Scholarship students repair and paint school games and chairs

As part of the scholarship of excellence program a group of students visited Santa Rita school. They prepared and painted chairs and tables in a classroom used for academic remedial classes. They also went to Santa Fe School where they painted educational games for the younger children. The group consisted of current students and graduates of the program.

Academic improvement project begins

The Educar Foundation began a pilot project in 2016 with the aim of improving academic performance in schools. The results from this were so positive that for 2017 we are planning a broader and more ambitious project. San Luis, Santa Rita, Santa Fe and Tuetal Sur schools carried out needs assessments and designed strategies to improve literacy and mathematics learning. The foundation has supported the process and is providing the necessary funds and resources to enable the project to be carried out.

Santa Rita Chess team continue outstanding achievements

The Santa Rita School chess team have achieved outstanding results in student competitions. They made it through to the regional and inter-regional competitions and the girls’ chess team qualified for the national competition. This is a project that has been sponsored by the Educar Foundation since 2014.

Quebradas School renovations

Due to significant deterioration in the oldest part of the school, the school principal obtained government resources to renew the infrastructure. A new building is currently under construction which will be modern, safe and appropriate for the students’ needs. Quebradas School has been supported by the foundation in previous years through the construction and repair of classrooms and programs to support pupils.

Scholarship of Excellence students graduate

We congratulate the six students from the scholarship of excellence program who have successfully completed their high school education. Ashley Villalobos, Sabrina Sibaja, Shirley Picado and Aarón Mora graduated from specialist technical colleges. Brenda Reyes and Lenin Solórzano graduated with outstanding grades from public high schools. In total, 41 students have completed the scholarship of excellence program.

Results of the Academic Improvement Project

The end of the year marked the completion of various initiatives undertaken throughout the year aimed at improving educational levels in elementary schools. A series of assessments demonstrated that the project achieved positive results. For example, at the start of the year 46% of second grade students at Santa Rita Elementary School showed adequate reading skills, whereas at the end of the year this reached 76%. At the San Luis Elementary School, 30% of second grade students were falling behind in reading and mathematics. By the end of the school year this had been reduced to 4%. We plan to enhance and extend this project 2017.

VIII Meeting for Scholarship Students and Graduates

A group of students from the Scholarships for Excellence Program participated in the eighth annual meeting of scholarship students and graduates. In addition to visiting a wildlife conservation center, attendees received a talk on nanotechnology development in Costa Rica. This annual meeting is a great opportunity to keep in touch with graduates from the program and motivate current scholarship students.

Educar supports extra-curricular activities

As part of our support for schools, the foundation has sponsored a series of initiatives to enrich children’s educational experience. In 2016, we helped organize science fairs, coach sports teams, develop arts shows, hold spiritual retreats and run spelling contests, both in English and Spanish. Funding from Educar has been key to the success of these activities

Volunteer Activities at Santa Fe

Students from the Scholarships of Excellence spent one Sunday carrying out various improvements at the Santa Fe School. They painted and decorated various worn-out cupboards and desks, pruned bushes, collected garbage, painted the entrance handrails and cleaned the stained floor of a classroom. We congratulate them for their excellent work.

Spelling Bee

For the sixth consecutive year, Educar Foundation and the Alajuela Rotary Club organized the regional spelling bee. This year, 20 schools took part by holding internal competitions to select a representative for the finals. The Quebradas, San Luis and Juan Arrieta Schools stood out, achieving first, second and third place respectively. We congratulate the winning students and their teachers and are very proud or their achievements.

Santa Fe Teams Participate in Sports Competitions for the First Time

Santa Fe School has no physical education teacher due to not having a gymnasium or sufficient space to practice sports. For this reason, its pupils are not given physical education lessons and nor do they participate in their school district’s sports activities. But this year, a group of teachers, with Educar Foundation’s support, decided to create student football teams, despite these limitations. The teachers volunteered their time to train the boys and girls as best they could. And the boys’ and girls’ teams surpassed expectations to end up winning in their school districts despite never having participated in a competition before. We extend our congratulations to these pupils for their efforts and to the staff of Santa Fe for the dedication they have shown towards their students

Pilot focuses on Academic Achievement

The Educar Foundation is developing a plan that aims to improve students learning experiences. A pilot scheme is running in Santa Fe, Santa Rita and San Luis schools, in which the participation of parents of the students involved is an important aspect. A range of strategies are used to encourage that participation together with support for students with special cognitive needs.

Volunteering in Action

The scholarship holders played a prominent role supporting a charity race in Tambor community. As volunteers they demonstrated their capacity for taking responsibility through fulfilling the roles assigned to them. As in previous years, they received the recognition and thanks of the race committee on their discipline and collaboration

Santa Rita Students improve their Chess Game

Santa Rita Chess Team improved its performance this year qualifying for the Inter-School competition held in San Ramon city. The Chess Team is sponsored by the teacher Oscar Suarez and the Foundation. In addition to the progress in this sport, the program has helped to improve the behavior and focus of the participating students in the classroom

San Luis School wins sports event

San Luis School, located in Carrillos Bajo de Poas, played a prominent role at an athletic competition in the local School District. The performance of the students earned them first place and the opportunity to represent the District in the Regional contest. We congratulate the physical education teacher and the School Principal for their commitment to student sport

School buys land to improve service

The Juan Arrieta Miranda School received Governments support to buy a 5000 sq meter (1.2 acre) field next to the school. The land will be used to build new classrooms, restrooms, recreational areas and an ecological learning area. The School Administration is seeking resources to design and build the different areas. The Foundation hopes to collaborate in this important project

Scholarship holder completes College

Cristina Carranza Gómez, who graduated from Tuetal Sur School and from the Scholarships for Excellence program, completed her Bachelors in Business Management with a major in Finance. She also earned an Honor Scholarship from her College throughout her studies due to her high grades. We wish her every success in her professional life.

Fellows complete their Secondary Education

María José Rodríguez Ortiz and Brayan Portillo German have graduated from the Scholarship for Excellence Program. They successfully completed High School after five years of academic efforts supported by the Educar Foundation. They are graduating from San Luis and Quebradas Schools. We congratulate them wholeheartedly!

Support for Get-Together in San Luis School

Educar Foundation contributed the resources required to allow the Sixth graders of San Luis School to have a one-day Get-Together. 70 students shared a full day of leisure and reflection guided by their teachers and the schools Principal. The Foundation promotes extracurricular activities that contribute to childrens all-round personal development.

The 7th Annual Meeting of Fellows and Alumni of the Scholarships for Excellence Program

Alumni and current Fellows of the Scholarships for Excellence Program gathered for their annual meeting. They toured a cocoa factory in La Garita, Alajuela, where they participated in a demonstrative talk about cocoa: its history, cultivation, uses and the current production status in Costa Rica. They also had the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the current Costa Rican socio-political environment, and the role they play as citizens and how they can improve the situation. During 2015, the Foundation has sponsored 22 students in Secondary School and 18 at College level

Teachers painted mural in Santa Rita School

A group of teachers from Santa Rita made a mural on one of the walls of the school. Using a range of bright colors, they painted a scene highlighting the importance of the school as a refuge for children. This is especially true for a community that has suffered high rates of violence and insecurity this year. In the midst of these circumstances, the school has been protective and supportive of the student population. Teachers volunteered their time to carry out the project

Scholarship Program Alumna graduates as Microbiologist

Geisel García, who was part of the Scholarships for Excellence Program, has completed her university studies. She obtained the degree of Bachelor in Microbiology from the University of Costa Rica. Geisel is Alumna of Santa Rita School. We are proud of her efforts, dedication and capacity to accomplish such an important achievement. We wish her every success in her professional life

Educar Foundation and Rotary International collaborate on Spelling Bee

The Educar Foundation and the local Rotary International Chapter sponsored the Fifth Alajuela Spelling Bee. The contest promotes the correct use of language, spelling and expands vocabulary. Contestants were selected via internal competitions in each of the 15 participating schools. In the final round, contestants from Santa Rica, Santa Fe and Juan Arrieta schools were among the five finalists. We congratulate them for their excellent performances

Educar Foundation Supports Science Fairs

The San Luis, Santa Rita, Juan Arrieta and Quebradas Schools successfully held ​​their own science fairs. Each institution contributed their own resources to organize the fairs, but the foundation provided funding to offer an incentive for each participating student and to award the outstanding projects. The foundation also helped form the jury. In all, 84 primary school children participated

Scholarship Students Support Charity Race Again

Scholarship of Excellence recipients once again supported the Sixth Race of Tambor, which aims to raise funds for the community. The scholarship students helped in the organization and development of the childrens race, handing out water, and guiding the runners at intersections. The role of the fellows was very important to the success of this activity

Scholars Collaborate in Cleanup Campaign

Scholarship of Excellence recipients visited Tambor in Alajuela in order to help the community with a garbage collection campaign. They spent a morning cleaning streets, sewers and drains. They also classified the waste to separate what could be recycled. These students succeeded in collecting 21 bags of garbage

Chess Team Stands Out at Regional Competition

The Santa Rita Schools chess team participated in a regional competition with other schools from Alajuela. Although these students only had a few months to learn this sport, they produced excellent performances and obtained third place as a team. This team is sponsored by the Educar Foundation and led by a physical education teacher at the school. The foundation is supporting initiatives to promote discipline, personal development and healthy recreation for students

Reading Plan at Santa Rita

Nielcy Atencio, the head librarian at Santa Rita, has initiated a plan to promote their students literacy. Every day, several groups of students go to the library to have guided reading sessions. The dynamics of the session not only improve the fluidity of their reading skills, but also their level of understanding. The plan has the full support of the schools teachers. The books used for this program, as well as the tables and chairs in the library, were donated by Educar in previous years

Recipients of Educars Scholarship of Excellence Graduate from High School

Kendal Cortedano, Khristal Campos and Roy Hidalgo successfully graduated high school. They are students of the Scholarship of Excellence program, graduates of the schools Itiquís, Tuetal Sur and San Luis, respectively. Each graduated with honors, which fills us with pride. We wish them every success with their future plans!