An environmental program in the local schools that educates children to take care of their natural resources, as well as the benefits of practicing good habits of recycling, respect for the Flora & Fauna, caring for the water resources and conserving energy. Children from various school districts in Costa Rica participate in a drawing contest to illustrate their ideas for sustainability and the environment. Winning drawings will be exhibited in a gala event and to eventually be printed on ICE credit calling cards, t-shirts or banners.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, and Rulers
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(English and Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English and Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English and Spanish) Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, and Sewing Needles
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, and Working Laptops
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Harmonicas/Kazoos, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones
Frisbees, Jump Ropes, and Soccer Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
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.