Families Helping Families Across the Borders — August 2011


The power of families reaching out to help other families has an incredible impact in supporting children in Mexico to continue their education. We just finished distributing school supplies to 125 children (Kindergarten – University) from families with limited resources in addition to the CAM School for 100 students with special needs/disabilities.

For me this is one of the most personally rewarding volunteer efforts we do throughout the year. Seeing children’s smiles and their excitement in carefully unpacking and repacking their supplies is priceless. And the parents are soooo appreciative knowing their children have the opportunity to continue on in school another year . . . it is a privilege, not taken for granted!

THANKS to the many families, educators and organizations who are passionate about helping kids . . . your donations make the School Supply Project possible!



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Creekside Montessori students from Vernon, BC; Canada and their families collected over 60 pounds of school supply donations to send to Cozumel in March 2011 with Valerie Brousseau, Creekside Director. Valerie visited NUAFA daycare and plans to return this coming March bringing Spanish learning materials.

John Wilson and his family are passionate about providing learning opportunities for youth. John, a school administrator, and his wife, also an educator, are frequent Cozumel visitors. They provided significant donations of specialty items including a supply scientific calculators needed by middle and high school math students. The Wilsons brought school supplies to Cozumel in March and July in addition to recruiting friends coming via cruiseship to bring supplies.

Transporting donations to the island is one of our greatest challenges. We really appreciate it when cruisers, like Darla Gatte’s family who came in April, are able to drop off a bag of donations to be received by one of our resident volunteers.

Gracias to the Stolle family from Plano, TX who combined community service with their family vacation in July. Lyndall Stolle, an Advanced Placement English Teacher, contacted Friends of Cozumel to identify donation and volunteer needs. The entire family, including dad Mark, supported the effort by gathering items and being donation “sherpas”. Lyndall and the girls, Catherine and Caroline, volunteered a couple of hours one morning to preassemble paper packets for 125 backpacks. Afterwards they briefly visited a school property being renovated during summer break . . . what an eye opener to learn about local schools and some of the challenges teachers, administrators and families here face.

Check back for photos of local children benefitting from the School Supply Project ~ Karen

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