Rick’s Classroom


Jannelle Wilkins visited Nicaragua in 2015  with her sister Darlene Wilkins and friend Russ DeWitt. They helped to build a school with SchoolBOX and to dedicate a library in the name of Jannelle’s recently departed husband, Rick Mera. Jannelle and Darlene did not realize that they would be so enamored with the children of the communities they visited and worked with as well as the exceptional work done by SchoolBOX as an organization.  The Wilkins family, including Jannelle’s daughter Natalia, promised to return to Nicaragua to build a classroom in honour of their beloved Rick.

Rick was inspirational in all aspects of life. He was known by his many friends as the sweet, generous guy with the million-watt smile. He had an easy going, big laugh, can-do energy with two-octave hands. Rick was always ready to pitch in and help anyone, anytime. He had an affinity for making friends and keeping strong friendships with those around him.

Rick’s classroom will empower countless students to get a basic education for generations to come. Many friends and family have already made generous contributions and held successful fundraisers to help make this classroom in Rick’s memory a reality.  Please help us reach our goal by clicking below.


Note that that Rick’s Classroom will be built in 2017, at the La Ceibita School in the San Benito Region of Nicaragua.

Please click here to read more about the project.

Check out a video of the future site of Rick’s Classroom below.

Please see below for photos of Rick’s Library at the Tomas Borge School in Tipitapa.

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About SchoolBOX
SchoolBOX is an organization that is committed to ‘Making Education Possible’ for the children of Nicaragua. SchoolBOX implements cost effective programming by building schools, providing school supplies, libraries, teacher training and school soccer programs.

SchoolBOX is building their 80th classroom in Nicaragua and serves over 17,000 students and teachers in 96 communities on an annual basis. SchoolBOX is committed to eliminate poverty through education.