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Holiday news from SchoolBOX - Building our 62nd Classroom and so much more!  Thanks for sharing the holiday season with SchoolBOX!
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Great progress on our 61st and 62nd classroom construction to date at the Los Salgados School in Telica, Nicaragua.
 
Dear Friend:
 
Feliz Navidad and Happy Holidays! As everyone gears up for the holiday season, our team is working hard with the Los Salgados community to complete construction of our 62nd classroom in Nicaragua.

2014 has certainly been a year of celebration for the SchoolBOX team. We increased the coverage of our Supplies 4 Success program to 84 communities in Nicaragua. We also strengthened our links with the Ministry of Education. They asked for additional teachers to attend our library training program and for help rebuilding 2 schools destroyed by the earthquakes in April. SchoolBOX was happy to be able to accommodate both requests.

In October, SchoolBOX welcomed their newest team member into the world.  Congratulations to Tom & Sarah and their new baby girl, Hannah Grace Affleck.

We have accomplished so much since our humble beginnings 7 years ago. SchoolBOX is literally 'Making Education Possible' for thousands of children on an annual basis in Nicaragua, thanks to our global community of donors and volunteers. 

To celebrate another fantastic year, an anonymous donor has offered to provide matching funding to the first 50 people who sign up to be new monthly donors before Christmas. Please share this opportunity with your friends. To donate, click here or on the Donate Now button to the right.

Thank you on behalf of the entire SchoolBOX team.

Wishing you and your family all the best during this holiday season,


SchoolBOX Acting Executive Director
Celebrating 2014!
 Empowering students and teachers in 84 communities across Nicaragua!
The SchoolBOX team in Nicaragua and Canada is so happy for your support. Together, we accomplished so much:
  • Provided 16,078 students and teachers in 84 communities with school supplies
  • Built 10 classrooms (11th/12th under way), 2 sports fields and 8 washrooms
  • Empowered our partner schools with 10 Books 4 Kids mini-libraries and 92 teachers with essential library training
  • Hosted 6 regional soccer tournaments involving 24 schools (120 girls and 120 boys)
  • Welcomed 95  international volunteers to Nicaragua to help build classrooms and empower students
Thank you for 'Making Education Possible'.

Volunteer in Nicaragua!

The November international volunteer group with the Los Salgados community
 
Christena and Barry Holden first came to Nicaragua in May of 2013. They were so touched by the beauty of the Nicaraguan people that they returned this November with a group of peers to help build the Los Salgados School in Telica, Nicaragua.   

The international volunteer group was comprised of 17 eager Canadians who worked hand in hand with students, parents and teachers from the Los Salgados community to build their school. The parents were so excited for a new school, because their children were learning in a makeshift structure that they had built. Previously, the children were taking classes in a converted goat barn.  

The community was extremely shy when the volunteers first arrived, but quickly warmed up to all members of the group. The children were so happy playing games, singing songs and showing volunteers the sights and sounds of their community.   

The volunteer group was beyond enthusiastic and helped the community and construction team by shovelling dirt, digging holes, pouring concrete and making rebar columns. Our construction crew was so proud of the volunteer group, as they helped with the foundation which was the most difficult piece of the construction process.

When the volunteer group left, tears were shed and many hugs exchanged. Even though the group of 17 returned to Canada, they will always be a part of the Los Salgados family. 

SchoolBOX is currently filling groups for their international volunteer program for February 12-21st and March 12-21st of next year. There are also several spots open in the Summer of 2015.  We would love to see you in Nicaragua next year.

For more information on the international volunteer program, please visit www.schoolbox.ca/volunteer or email volunteer@schoolbox.ca.
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Give the Gift of Education this Year!
 
Empower students and teachers in Nicaragua by purchasing these incredible gifts for your loved ones:

Educational Package ($5)
New Desk & Chair ($25)
10 Library Books ($50)


These gifts will help students and teachers in our partner communities and they will also put a smile on the face of your friends and family members. 

E-cards will be available for you to send to your friends or to print off to put as a gift under the Christmas tree!

Go to schoolbox.ca/gifts and choose the gift you would like to purchase. Click on a link and you will be redirected to CanadaHelps to make your secure donation.

After the purchase has been made, you will receive an email with the link to download an e-card.
Polar Dash
Join us in January!

SchoolBOX champion, Joe Rios, will be holding a 5km Polar Dash (2.5km walk) through the heart of Westboro in Ottawa on Saturday, January 17, 2015.
 
Joe fell in love with Nicaragua while volunteering with SchoolBOX in 2010. He is now preparing to run an ultra-marathon in Antarctica in February and wanted to use his passion for running to support SchoolBOX.

The $20 registration fee provides 2 children with educational packages in Nicaragua and helps Joe achieve his dream of running a marathon on all 7 continents.

The fun kicks off at 9am at Lululemon Athletica and ends with a post run party at the new Equator Coffee Roasters in Westboro.

Free coffee and hot chocolate will be provided by Equator Coffee Roasters and all participants will receive a goodie bag!

To register, please visit www.schoolbox.ca/polar
The Gift of Coffee!

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