The Oranje School in Curacao is an elementary and middle school for children ages 4 through 12 years old. The school is located in the Nieuw Nederland neighborhood. The Avila Beach Hotel helps the school by organizing projects and donating school hardware, school supplies and treats on holidays or special occasions.
Almost all of the school’s staff members donate a small amount of their salary monthly, and the Avila Beach Hotel doubles this amount. They use this to purchase school supplies and make big investments that contribute to the improvement of the school’s facilities. The Avila Beach Hotel aims to help the children feel comfortable and provide an optimal learning environment for all 150 students.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, Solar Calculators, and Magnets
(English, Spanish, and Dutch) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English, Spanish, and Dutch) Alphabet and Math
Laminated Wall Charts:
Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English, Spanish, and Dutch) Age-Appropriate Story Books and AVI books for young children
Acrylic Paints, Acrylic Paint Brushes, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Watercolor Paints, Watercolor Paint Brushes, Stickers, Aprons, and and Place Mats
Tablets and Working Laptops
Chess Sets, Puzzles, Scrabble, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, The Ludo game (Mens-erger-je-niet), and Twister
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls
Kids’ clothing for children ages 4 through 6 years old
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.