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Issue 4 – Winter 2006 La Manzanilla, Jalisco, México  

Happy holidays from La Catalina Foundation! We are pleased to have finished a very successful fall quarter of English classes in the schools. Our teacher Ruth Santiago, quickly got into the swing of things and has applied all of her creative energies and talents to putting on knock out English classes for the kids of La Manzanilla. As the kids have taken such a liking to her and her classes, we are asking her to continue as their English teacher for the remainder of the school year. A new volunteer, who will be joining the foundation for the winter and spring months, is Phyllis Purdy. Phyllis is a social worker and recently trained ESL teacher from Canada. Phyllis will primarily focus on teaching our evening adult English classes, assisting with the silent auction and helping tutor at-risk students with whom the foundation has been working.



On the math front, middle school teachers have completed the first phase of a 3-month math training course taught by board member Victor Amezcua. The next phase of this training will be taking the new teaching techniques they have learned and incorporating them in their math classes in the middle school. This training is a part of a mid-range collaborative project with the middle school, to help address both educational and disciplinary needs and issues. In efforts to address disciplinary projects, “Escuela para Padres” (School for Parents) is being planned for the middle school parents, to give them support to deal with family and adolescent issues.


This is a 12-week program, where parents, teachers and other interested community members participate in a two-hour weekly class/meeting. We would like to extend our THANK YOU’s to Donna Bulger and Judy Rohloff for their dedication and support over the fall quarter in assisting Ruth with her English classes in the elementary school. Also, thank you to Kimberly & Willy Mason and Joan & Joe Santana who have continued to be sponsors of the elementary and middle school folkloric dance classes over the fall quarter and Gabriela de la Vega and Pablo Martinez de Campo and Ann & Tim Edwards for their on-going contributions in 2007. Additionally, we appreciate the items from our wish list we have received, including new books and teaching materials for the Foundation and supplies from Michael Pace of Seattle and Katie Leach. Also, thank you to 9 year old, Hollie Irwin, from Gilman Elementary School in Oregon for her outstanding efforts to organize a campaign to collect school supplies and playground equipment for the La Manzanilla pre-school and elementary schools. Another big thank you goes to Mark Davis for organizing the collection of over $1000 usd in school supplies, including copier toner, printer cartridges, pencils, paper, art supplies, and calculators for the kids in schools and driving them all of the way down to Mexico.


Finally, we want to remind you to mark your calendars for Saturday, February 17th, 2007, which will be the date of our 3rd annual “A Night under the Stars” Silent Auction. This event is not only a key fund-raiser, but it is also aimed at bringing the local and foreign communities together in a night full of music, food, children’s performances and work displays, and exciting items (both new and used) and services to be auctioned off. The auction begins at 6pm at La Manzanilla Elementary School. Please check our website periodically to view a current list of the exciting items that will be auctioned off. We are currently collecting auction items, so please let us know if you have something you can donate (such as a gift certificate for a service, art work, and almost any new or used household item.) All proceeds go to our non-profit organization, which is used for community education and development projects. Thank you and Happy New Years to all!!!

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