San Santiago School (4th, 5th 6th classrooms):
Completion Date: December 2008
Community: San Santiago
Region: Big Corn Island, RAAN, Nicaragua
# of students: 50
# of teachers: 7
# of classrooms built: 3
The Need: When SchoolBOX found the school, over half of the foundation could be seen. It was in a bad state, as it was recently hit by Hurricane Mitch. All the children were studying in a building made of wood boards, which was a communal house of the Anglican Church. The children needed a permanent solution.
Stories from the Build: This was the first school that SchoolBOX actually started (January 2008) Mike and Millie Maloney (SchoolBOX Board of Directors) participated on this build. Kevin Maloney and his group of masons were able to save the day as their experience came in handy. This was also the first school where the SchoolBOX Soccer Dreams tournament took place. A young boy named Ariel who had dropped out of school, re-enrolled in classes after encouragement from SchoolBOX staff and volunteers.
The Finished Product: Three beautiful classrooms were built for this community on Big Corn Island. A utility building was also renovated into the Blaney Library and Kindergarten. Over 5000 books were shipped onto the island to fill up the library.
San Santiago School During Construction
San Santiago School After
The Aftermath: SchoolBOX delivered educational packages to the school in 2011. The schools needs are continually being evaluated for future needs. Last year, the school won an academic excellence award on the island for language and math.