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Final Rotary Grant1

  1. 1. Tortuguero Rotary Grant Presented by Robert A. Gonzalez
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>The purpose of this presentation is to provide you with information regarding your “Tortuguero School Project.” </li></ul><ul><li>I am Bob Gonzalez, retired DJUSD Music Educator of 36 years, 32 years in Davis. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Topics <ul><li>Tortuguero </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A) Location and People </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B) Pictures of the area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C) Circumstances </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Present Grade and High School </li></ul><ul><li>Needs vs Request </li></ul><ul><li>Proposal for Rotary Project </li></ul><ul><li>Present Developments </li></ul>
  4. 4. Tortuguero – Location and People <ul><ul><li>The region surrounding Tortuguero is called the Tortuguero Plain, which is a vast low lying area of little topographic relief still covered by a large expanse of tropical rainforest. </li></ul></ul>The small village of Tortuguero (translated as &quot;Region of Turtles&quot;) lies on the northeastern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, approximately 50 miles north of the principle Port of Limon.
  5. 5. Tortuguero – Location and People, continued <ul><li>There are only two ways of getting into Tortuguero – by airplane or boat. There are no roads leading into the village due to the network of rivers, lagoons, and the Tortuguero Canal. </li></ul><ul><li>The village is comprised of a variety of many different cultures including Hispanic, Miskito Indian (Nicaragua), and Afro-Caribbean. Both Spanish and Creole English are spoken . </li></ul><ul><li>At most points, the land is less than 984 feet wide. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Tortuguero
  8. 10. OCEAN
  9. 11. Economics of the Village <ul><li>Most of the adults work for the tourist industry in the hotels as cooks, housekeepers, and river guides. </li></ul><ul><li>There are several souvenir shops and 4 small grocery stores. </li></ul><ul><li>The biggest physical problems in the village are main-taining a water supply and getting rid of the trash . </li></ul><ul><li>The younger generation needs to increase their level of education and continue into college. Staying in the village will also saturate the job market if they stay. </li></ul>
  10. 13. Present Circumstances <ul><li>Many students arrive to school in small motor boats. </li></ul><ul><li>There is one large building that houses the K-6 students. </li></ul><ul><li>A block building of 2 rooms is being “lent” to the secondary school for 7 th – 10 th grades. </li></ul><ul><li>Land was donated for a new secondary campus by an individual . </li></ul>
  11. 14. Elementary School High School
  12. 15. Barra de Tortuguero Grade/High School <ul><li>Principal/Director:  Don Manuel </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Kindergarten - 18 Kindergarten- 15 </li></ul><ul><li>1- 32 2- 25 3- 24 4- 18 </li></ul><ul><li>5- 21 6- 14 7- 13 </li></ul><ul><li>No. of Elementary students __167__ </li></ul>
  13. 16. Elementary School
  14. 17. White Tops = Elementary Student
  15. 18. Present High School <ul><li>Housed in a two room block house </li></ul><ul><li>7 th – 13 8 th – 11 9 th – 11 10 th – 10 (1 st year) </li></ul><ul><li>Total number – 45 students </li></ul><ul><li>A state test is given to 6 th graders. If they do not pass, they have two more chances to take the test. If they still don’t pass they can go to a private school to continue if they have the money. Otherwise, that is the end of their education. </li></ul>
  16. 19. Elementary School High School
  17. 20. High School
  18. 23. Outside of Present Classrooms
  19. 24. Number of Teachers <ul><li>There are five teachers in the grade school for Pre-Kinder - 6th grade and four teachers in the high school (7-10 th Grade.) There are also two Peace Corp Volunteers.This is the first year that 10 th grade has been taught. </li></ul><ul><li>They have petitioned the Government for one more teacher for the 11th grade.  However the government has made it clear that they would receive an 11th grade teacher only if they have the proper facilities. Students graduate after the 11 th grade. </li></ul>
  20. 25. Peace Corp Volunteers After both graduated from college, they worked at great jobs with Ryan working as a CPA for 4 years in Nebraska Ryan & Christy Fiala – from Nebraska Married for 4 years. Graduates of the University of Nebraska.
  21. 27. Requested <ul><li>A New High School </li></ul><ul><li>Security Fence (Required by State) $ 5,400 </li></ul><ul><li>Prefab Classrooms $20, 590 </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-use playing area for sports $10,500 </li></ul><ul><li>Total $36,490 </li></ul>
  22. 28. Funds Received So Far <ul><li>Brownell-Talbot School, Dallas, Texas $4000 </li></ul><ul><li>Sale of DVD’s - Church in Colorado $1500 </li></ul><ul><li>Local village government, money </li></ul><ul><li>available in March, 2006 $4000 </li></ul><ul><li>Land Donated $ Priceless </li></ul><ul><li> TOTAL $9500 </li></ul><ul><li>Needed $36,490 - $9,500 = $26,990 </li></ul>
  23. 29. Other Groups Participating <ul><li>Knights of Columbus of Wahoo, and St. Leo's Chapter in Omaha </li></ul><ul><li>Kiwanis Club of Fremont </li></ul><ul><li>Davis High Madrigals </li></ul><ul><li>the University of Costa Rica </li></ul><ul><li>Costa Rica Rotary Club </li></ul><ul><li>and the Davis California Rotary Club </li></ul>
  24. 30. Donated Land
  25. 31. Davis Rotary Grant Proposal <ul><li>To provide funding for the construction of a new High School. </li></ul>
  26. 32. Cost of Construction <ul><li>Prefab Classrooms $20, 590 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consists of </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>5 classrooms, </li></ul><ul><li>a small kitchen/dining area, </li></ul><ul><li>a small administration office, </li></ul><ul><li>boys and girls bathrooms, </li></ul><ul><li>and a room for a computer lab. </li></ul>
  27. 33. Construction … continued … <ul><li>The village will supply some materials and provide the labor to build all the walls. </li></ul><ul><li>The rest of the building ( roof, electrical installation and floor) is not included in this price as are desks, chalk boards, etc. </li></ul>
  28. 34. Present Developments <ul><li>On October 21, 2005, a fence was completed around the school site. </li></ul><ul><li>The ROOF – Material has been donated from the National Park Service from lumber confiscated from poachers. </li></ul>
  29. 35. Present Developments <ul><li> On Dec. 2, Rotarian Jose Quirce met at the University of Costa Rica campus at the Escuela de Arquitectura to meet with architect Jose Villarreal and 3 graduate students, the President/Treasurer of the Tortuguero Junta de Educcacion, and Ryan Fiala, Peace Corps Volunteer. </li></ul><ul><li>On December 20, a meeting was held of all the hotels in the area to coordinate and plan on days that workmen would help construct the school till it is finished. </li></ul>
  30. 36. See roof at top right
  31. 37. Rotary Contributions <ul><li>Davis Rotary $5700 </li></ul><ul><li>District Rotary (100%) $5700 </li></ul><ul><li>International Rotary (150%) $8550 </li></ul><ul><li>TOTAL $19,950. </li></ul><ul><li>Note – </li></ul><ul><li>Donations needed to match the Rotary’s $2500 contribution = $2150 </li></ul><ul><li>$5700 - $2500 (Rotary) - $1050 (Other Donations) </li></ul><ul><li>Equals (=‘s) $2150 still needed. </li></ul>
  32. 38. Secondary Students
  33. 39. Donations Accepted <ul><li>Mail your checks to </li></ul><ul><li>The Rotary Club of Davis </li></ul><ul><li>PO Box 185 Davis, CA  95617 </li></ul><ul><li>Checks should be made out to </li></ul><ul><li>“ Rotary Charities” </li></ul><ul><li>and designate it to the “Tortuguero Project.” </li></ul><ul><li>There is also a request for donations for this project on the Peace Corps website at http://www. peacecorps . gov / </li></ul>
  34. 40. Peace Corps Information <ul><li>To read about the project, go to www. peacecorps . gov and follow these procedures: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Click on “Donate Now” on left hand side of screen. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Click on “Latin America”. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Under Costa Rica, click on “R.C. Fiala” </li></ul><ul><li>*At this point you will find a description of the project and instructions on how you can donate. </li></ul>