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 as well as the exceptional work done by SchoolBOX. The Wilkins family, including Jannelle’s daughter Natalia, decided to return to Nicaragua to build a classroom in honour of their beloved Rick in 2017.
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.
A new classroom in the community of La Ceibita was inaugurated in honour of Rick Mera in April 2017. The children were previously learning in a borrowed building, as they had no real classroom of their own. Many friends and family made generous contributions and held successful fundraisers to help make this classroom in Rick’s memory a reality. It is now empowering an entire community of children with a basic education!
Rick’s Classroom completed in La Ceibita:
Check out a video of the community where Rick’s Classroom was built:
Please see below for photos of Rick’s Library at the Tomas Borge School in Tipitapa.
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.