Carmen Tapia, Kids Club coordinator, and Fellow Volunteers

 

 

Carmen Tapia seen here with her granddaughter, living in Tucson and Punta Esmeralda, is a recently retired Tucson teacher who is now volunteering at the Kids Club.  She primarily works with first and second grade students who are below grade level in reading and writing Spanish, her goal is that all students will be at or above grade level entering third grade.  

 

Three years ago, Carmen held class under a tree, the next year the school gave her a classroom, now she has the Kids Club.  With the help of donors and volunteers, she provides best practices instruction to show other teachers how with little money they can make their classroom a special place.  Email Carmen if you'd like to volunteer or donate materials.  

 

Fiona MacNicol Clark & Dave Clark are working with a cadre of volunteers to provide English instruction at the elementary school.  They have also gotten the needed funding and elbow grease to re-do the first grade classroom, by adding a tile floor, installing air conditioning, buying books and educational materials for the children and teachers.

 

Shawna O'Neal, a teacher of the visually impaired in Portland, Oregon is providing instruction through visits twice a year for blind student Emma.  Shawna is also in communication with Emma's mother to provide ongoing support via visits and email.   Volunteer contributions from Amigos and Alaska Airlines have paid for Shawna to come to La Cruz.  Her next visit is Thanksgiving week (US) - Nov 18-26.  Volunteers have also provided housing for Shawna. 

 

 

2016 & 2017 at the Elementary School, now a 6th grade classroom

Camen Tapia   carluctap228@gmail.com   

 

 

Wish List - rev Oct 2017 - Items for Kids Club & Emma - Items available on AmazonSmile

 

Pic

Item

Cost USD - Available on AmazonSmile

 

30 white boards & markers

144

 

50 pocket folders

(not available in Puerto Vallarta)

24

Shirley & Bill McGrath

purchased

 

30 children’s Fiskar’s scissors, pointed

296

 

A Picture Book of Louis Braille, by David Adler

 

x 2 copies

12.74

 

North American Bear Dolly Pockets-Cinderella

6.24

 

North American Bear Dolly Pockets – Red Riding Hood

30.95

 

Educational Insights teacher Touchables Textura Squares

16.86

 

 

A Picture Book of Helen Keller (Picture Book Biographies)-David Adler x 2 books

13.20

Shirley & Bill McGrath purchased

 

Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll: The Adventures of a Blind Japanese Girl Who Saves Her Village - Sunny Seki x 2 books

16.72

 

Raised Line & Braille Color N Paint Art Book – PlayAbility Toys

10.31

 

Braille Store Index Card Slate

8.95

 

Horse Racing Tactile Board

9.95

 

 

 

 

Teaching English at the Octopus's Garden

Pictured are Sue and Dick McIalwain (Seattle and AlaMar), they assist in teaching English at the Octopus's Garden on Tues and Thurs, beginning at 4:30 PM.

Over 90 children are involved in these classes, all children attend at no cost.

If you have any easy readers, or an interest to help Sue and Dick teach English, they could use your help.

 

Sue & Dick McIalwain  akrefphoto@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Meet Shawna O'Neal & Emma

Shawna O'Neal, a teacher of the visually impaired in Portland, Oregon, is providing instruction through visits twice each year for blind student Emma (a week in Nov and June).  Shawna is volunteering her time to work with Emma, she has also volunteered her time to Braille books for Emma. We hope that Shawna will continue her work, and that donations are forthcoming to provide support.

 

Prior to Shawna's arrival, Emma received limited to no instruction in her first grade classroom (2016-17); Shawna has introduced Emma to Braille and books in Braille.  Dunita Guiteriez, now in the 7th grade, has been Brailling her personal books for Emma.  Dunita also accompanied Emma to summer school.

 

When in Portland, Shawna has been in communication with Emma's mother to provide ongoing support via email.   Volunteer contributions from Amigos (Kim & Scott Edwards) and Alaska Airlines have paid for Shawna to come to La Cruz.  Her next visit is Thanksgiving week (US) - Nov 18-26.  Volunteers have also provided housing for Shawna (Carmen and an anonymous donor).

 

We are hoping to continue this support in 2018, please let us know if you can provide funding for materials and flight.  It is hoped, too, that Emma's mother will allow her to enter the School for the Blind in Guadalajara.  Shawna was formerly a teacher at the school in Guadalajara.