Serapio Lopez Elementary School serves 300 children from ages 5 through 11 years old.
Fluency in English is a key component to success in finding good employment in Costa Rica. Often, simply having access to reading materials in English can mean the difference in getting a head start on learning English that will help a student later in life. At Safari Surf School, we want to establish libraries of books in English at each of the local schools so that the kids in the community can learn English and succeed.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil
Cases/Bags, and Pens
(English) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English) Language and World Maps
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books, Language/Grammar, and Math
Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids
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.