La Cruz Elementary School (Primaria)


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 elementary school in the morning. Working 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.  


Two years ago, Carmen held class under a tree, now the school has given her a classroom.  The room is not much to look at, but with donations and volunteer help, she is turning her classroom into a model, to show other teachers how with little money they can make their classroom a special place.  Already fellow Amigos have provided a file cabinet, laminating, carpet, and offers to paint her classroom.  Email Carmen if you'd like to volunteer or donate materials.  Aug 2016:  She needs easy-reading books in Spanish - fables or moral tales, preferred.



Camen Tapia   

Wish List - posted July 2017 - Items for Kids Club & Emma - Items available on AmazonSmile




Cost USD - Available on AmazonSmile


30 white boards & markers



50 pocket folders

(not available in Puerto Vallarta)



30 children’s Fiskar’s scissors, pointed



1 Battleship game – for Emma to use for Braille



Table and Chairs – PV Costco


For Emma by August:

Teacher/or Mother, 2 classmates and Emma.




DONATED BY Sandi & Kent Nelson


A Picture Book of Louis Braille, by David Adler


x 2 copies



Large Wiggly Giggly Ball by Toysmith



North American Bear Dolly Pockets – Snow White



North American Bear Dolly Pockets-Cinderella



North American Bear Dolly Pockets – Red Riding Hood



Educational Insights teacher Touchables Textura Squares



Plan Toys Braille Numbers 1-10 x 2 sets



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



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



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



Braille Store 6 Large Tactile Braille Dice for Blind or Sighted Players x 2


Anonymous Donor


Braille Store Index Card Slate



Braille Store: Tic-Tac-Toe for Blind Children


Anonymous Donor


Horse Racing Tactile Board



The Tooth Fairy Meets El Raton Perez x 3 copies


Anonymous Donor


Plan Toys Braille Alphabet A-Z

 x 3


Anonymous donor







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