March 2015 – Tracy’s Hope Classroom Complete
SchoolBOX volunteers and construction staff worked hard to complete Tracy’s Hope Classroom at the Tomas Borge School. Originally construction was delayed due to the hard clay that lined the school property and also because of delivery delays for construction materials. The original owner of the land also worked diligently until the last moment to make sure that the kids could make use of the beautiful school as soon as possible.
Seventeen international volunteers lent a helping hand to the community and played a large part in finishing the school. Their presence and kind words also convinced many children to stay in school and to continue their studies. Before construction started, registration at the school was 28 students. After the school was complete, registration had climbed to 43 students. This is a testament to the work of the SchoolBOX staff and international volunteers in promoting education within the community.
Tracy’s Hope Classroom is in memory of Tracy Lee Nolan (nee Bell). She was a vibrant and caring woman whose passion was to support children in need. She was an amazing mother, daughter, sister and friend to many when she passed away at the age of 29 from cancer. Tracy’s legacy is now captured within her classroom in the Tomas Borge Community, with a goal of ensuring children get a basic education and reach their potential.
SchoolBOX wishes to thank everyone who supported Tracy’s Legacy Fund at the various fundraising events such as the 5km Fun Run, the texting mittens campaign and the amazing Charity & Cheer Event. Your support has helped Tracy’s memory live on and has provided a community with a safe and secure school for generations to come.
Community volunteers, parents, international volunteers, students and teachers were all smiles after the official ribbon cutting ceremony
Tracy’s Hope Classroom at the Tomas Borge School serves as a wonderful reminder of a beautiful woman.