Celebrating 10 years of 'Making Education Possible'!
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A Labour of Love 10 years in the Making
Dear friends,

Back to School – that is the theme here in Canada this month and our theme at SchoolBOX. Ten years ago, Tom Affleck gave those two little girls the notebooks and pencils that allowed them to go to school. The decade following has been quite the journey 'Making Education Possible', a labour of love, championed by Ronald Chavarria and Jazmin Lopez in Nicaragua and a community of thousands in Canada and around the world. Together, we opened our 80th classroom last week outside Masaya, Nicaragua, and opened the door for a new generation of kids to have the opportunity to go to school!

While we head back to school in Canada, we head into graduation season in Nicaragua. We are celebrating with thousands of kids at our 96 partner schools; kids like Robinson, a little 11-year old boy who hadn’t even finished grade one when we began building his rural community a school five years ago. Robinson has persevered, and this year, at age 16, he is going to be finishing his elementary school, against all odds.

In celebration of our 10th Birthday, we are launching our first project in Canada: a new library for a Treaty 3 school in need in northern Ontario. So many new adventures in ‘Making Education Possible’ are ahead! Thank you for being a part of this mission and for continuing to believe in the power of education, to spark hope and to empower kids to defeat poverty and reach their dreams.

With heartfelt thanks, muchas gracias,

Sarah Kerr and the SchoolBOX family
80th Classroom Built!

On September 5th, 2016, students and teachers near Masaya, Nicaragua inaugurated a new classroom at Gilberto Siles School, and SchoolBOX celebrated the completion of our 80th classroom since we began ‘Making Education Possible’ in 2006.
The community members and children were finally able to realize their dream of a dignified place for their children to attend classes.
Over the past ten years at SchoolBOX, we have witnessed communities and children’s lives be transformed by the power of education. We are so humbled by the support we receive from generous volunteers and donors, like the Union of Solicitor General Employees, that funded the new classroom at Gilberto Siles School.
We look forward to celebrate more milestones in education in the years to come!
Brett #5 'Mirna Martinez'
School Complete

The completion of the Brett #5 'Mirna Martinez' School this August is a testament to the amazing work of SchoolBOX heroes and champions.
Recognizing that the children in her community needed a place to learn, Mirna Martinez gave up parts of her house to hold classes for students, and then donated her own land as the site of a new school.
Brett Bentley Crawford was an amazing woman whose light continues to shine in the lives of thousands of children who attend schools built in her memory. Brett’s legacy demonstrates the impact that one life can have on the lives of many, making the Brett #5 “Mirna Martinez” School all the more significant.
At the inauguration ceremony, community members of the Valle de las Americas gathered to celebrate their new school made possible by the dream of Mirna Martinez and the generosity and fundraising of the Brett Bentley Crawford Foundation.
Books 4 Kids Program in Full Force

September and October are busy months for our SchoolBOX Nicaragua team as they travel to another 18 of our partner communities to host Reading Days, create reading rooms in seven schools and deliver 14 new mini libraries!
During Reading Days, parents, teachers and students participate in reading games, story telling, singing and dancing that promote a love of reading. Making reading fun and entertaining for kids fosters a life-long appreciation of books and provides encouragement to continue their studies.
In addition to hosting a total of 50 Reading Days in 2016, SchoolBOX will have provided 16 new mini libraries and eight reading rooms this year through our Books 4 Kids program.
Thanks to Our
Amazing Volunteers!

This was a busy season of partnerships between SchoolBOX and our international volunteers! This summer we welcomed four groups of enthusiastic volunteers, and we are set for another this fall.

Brett #5 'Mirna Martinez' School, Valle de Las Americas, Nicaragua

Matt Smart Family and Friends Group

St. Paul's and St. Thomas Church Group
Gilberto Siles School - Masaya, Nicaragua

"Dreamcatchers" Manitoba Teachers Group

Stittsville United Church Group

For more information on the SchoolBOX International Volunteer Program, please click here.
Share with Friends!
10th Birthday
Latin Fiesta!

SchoolBOX invites you to celebrate at our 10th Birthday Latin Fiesta!
Connect with old and new friends, enjoy Latin Rock music by the band Azucar Jam, and practice your Latin dancing skills.
A silent and live auction will be held during the night, with proceeds going to fund upcoming SchoolBOX projects.
Almonte Civitan Hall, November 12th, 2016.
Click here for event info.
10th Birthday Toronto Open House
Friends and supporters of SchoolBOX in Toronto are welcomed to a 10th Birthday Open House at the home of Tom Affleck and Sarah Kerr.

Come taste some Nicaraguan treats and bring a photo of your favourite SchoolBOX moment for our birthday book.
Click here to attend!
Welcome Jo and Stephanie!
We have new additions to the SchoolBOX team!
Jo Danaher brings amazing experience, organization and enthusiasm to her new role of Finance at SchoolBOX. We are excited to have her!
Stephanie Rudyk Toepfer will be lending her story-telling skills and passion for educating children around the world to the role of Marketing & Community Outreach Manager.

Read more about Jo and Stephanie here.
Intern Returns

Parker Armstrong spent the past two months working alongside the SchoolBOX construction crew as our engineering intern, evaluating the sustainability of our building process.

Follow Parker’s fundraising efforts for SchoolBOX here.
IYES Program 2017

SchoolBOX is relaunching the IYES program in 2017.

We bring teams of First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth to Nicaragua, providing a platform for youth to share their cultures with Nicaraguan kids while helping to build a new school.  

We are also working with IYES Youth Terri Meekis to create change in her home community. Join with us by donating books for a new library for a Treaty 3 school in need in northern Ontario: email

To learn more, visit:
Equator Coffee Builds Second School

Equator Coffee Roasters is set to break ground on their second school in November.

We can’t wait to welcome their group of volunteers to the school site in the town of San Juan de Rio Coco in Madriz, Nicaragua!

If you are interested in joining their volunteer trip contact:

To help with their fundraising efforts, click here.
The Gift of Coffee!

Equator Beans 4 Dreams coffee make excellent gifts! $5 from every bag is donated to provide schools supplies for a child in Nicaragua. Order yours online today!
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