Las Mojoneras school
By Todd Bates
This article will be the first of many, and the most profound, for me and for my company, RE/MAX Puerto Vallarta regarding our commitment to ensure that a local, primary school has the tools and advantages equal to that of the private schools that exist in the Puerto Vallarta area.
It is our mission is to provide this urban school, the Las Mojoneras Primary School with; better nutrition on a daily basis; with sustainability for the future; with increased opportunities for the children that they cannot receive presently; with a safe and enjoyable environment; with sport and outdoor education; and with education options, not available to any other school, that shall permeate to their families for years to come.
We are also creating a legal, charity association, known as an Association Civil or A.C.
The name of the charity is Our Children; Their Future.
This charity shall continue on past this incredible opportunity, but the only goal shall always be to support children in need with ways and manners that shall have a multiplying effect; nothing less is acceptable. To be more succinct, to give is wonderful for all involved, but it is better to provide an effect that can ripple through lives and families to a better future. For example, teaching a child to create their own business, demonstrating to a child how to cook a healthy meal, and illustrating to a child that nothing is beyond their expectations; ever. This is our goal, to provide effects that can continue past our present involvement.
This will have significant costs, but the most important aspect to me to be able to contact and work with local businesses, and allow them to participate with the cause; with the 100% tax deductions, upon any and all donations, associated with working with the charity.Business is business, and if they can assist the community at the same time as well as benefit their bottom line – all the better.
To start, we spoke with the Directora, Susana Valladolid Tabares, to ask what the school really needs, and in order of most importance; her immediate reply was increased shading from the existing roof structures.
The children need more areas outside where they can play without the direct sun upon them.
She mentioned that another school has built, through a wonderful, community support program, a covered basketball court. To me, that sounded incredible, but when she mentioned that it was not only for basketball (not a very popular sport here), she spoke about the multi-uses available; outdoor presentations of a variety of events (dance, theatre, music, etc.), outdoor environmental education, outdoor recreation, and simply and finally, to be out of the classroom. We were all children once and the opportunity to be outside, to me, has always been a great motivator.
Angie Ahumada, my partner in this incredible opportunity, and I were both surprised by her reply, but we knew that the leaders of the school knew exactly what they need, as they see the children each day and comprehend their needs instinctively.
Many charity entities, I feel, focus too much upon money, whereas our organization, while welcoming donations, understands that our greatest asset is the foreigner that wishes to make a difference, with only 3 hours, 1 day per week, in 20 lives; directly.
While our school needs roofing, tiling, flooring, what they really need are dedicated volunteers, willing to provide, even if only for a week or two, a small amount of time for the benefit of the children.
These volunteers do not have to speak any Spanish, especially if they wish to teach English. As well, these volunteers could easily assist with Art classes and teaching Physical Education (again Spanish is not needed).
Finally, Directora Susana Valladolid Tabares, directly asked that if there are any teachers, or educators, or persons with experience with hearing or sight disabled children, as well as psychologists (as some of these children come from a very difficult upbringing), it would be her dream to provide those services to the children.
Again, we are only requesting 3 hours, 1 day per week.
On my next article, I shall outline our method and attainable goal to allow our school to become self-sufficient to a level not seen before for a public school.
We can, and will, make a difference in over 200 families’ lives, for their future.
Our Volunteers: Your Name Here.
Our Sponsors: Your Name Here.
Our Samaritans: Your Name Here.
I shall continue this article in our next issue, and if this adventure and opportunity is something you wish to be involved with, please contact me, Todd Bates, by email, at firstname.lastname@example.org or my office number at 322 221 0111 or my website at www.remaxinpv.com