Sixteen Hastings College students, including Mark and Katrina (Holland) Shaw from Broken Bow, will be going to Corozol, Belize to work and student teach in the schools during January Term and Spring semester. Unfortunately, the schools are almost completely devoid of many things that we think of as necessities. Many of the classrooms have no books. If there are school libraries at all, they have very few books. The playgrounds are usually fenced in dirt fields with no playground equipment of any kind. The school’s soccer teams often play with balls that are completely worn out and, literally, in tatters. Any school supplies that are available for the students – crayons, markers, drawing paper, writing paper, etc. – are purchased by the teachers whose meager salaries allow for little of this.
Based on the requests of the teachers and principals, the students are in the process of rounding up books and sporting equipment as in years past. However, Hastings College has finally become well enough acquainted that the teachers have shared that they are in desperate need of school supplies.
“We are asking people to put supplies in our drop-off boxes to help us help the teachers and students in Belize at the Corozol Schools,” says Katrina. “We live in a successful community who prides ourselves on helping others. We want our children in our community to be successful and strive for excellence. Unfortunately, the children in the Corozol schools could use our help to be successful by having resources to promote learning. So we ask that you help us help the Corozol schools in Belize and promote healthy living and healthy minds.”
A number of Broken Bow business have agreed to help Mark and Katrina in their efforts to assist the children of Belize. Please feel free to drop off donations at Precious Angel Daycare Center (1241 South G Street, Broken Bow). The deadline for donations will be Dec. 1, 2011.
Items needed include childrens books, markers, blank paper, erasers, pens, notebooks, construction paper, pencils, chapter books, soccer balls, basketballs, cra-yons, footballs, volleyballs, jump ropes, math flash cards, colored pencils, scissors, compasses, protractors and rulers.
Monetaray donations will also be accepted. These donations will go to transporting the items to Belize on the airplane and ground transportation.
If you have any questions or would like more information on this project, please contact Katrina Shaw at 402-705-2991 or Mark Shaw at 308-870-3428.