La Catalina Foundation
Spring 2013
      In this issue:

Computer Lab Is Coming to Life!
This spring our community computer literacy lab is coming to life!  Check out our video, produced by Miriam Henze who grew up in La Manzanilla and got her degree in film at the University of Guadalajara.  Click on the lotus image below to watch a video and find out how this project came about and to hear some of our scholarship students talk about why they so dearly need this to be able to succeed in school…

A generous donation has allowed us to start preparations on the classroom, which include putting on a permanent cement roof and installing security, proper electrical wiring and air conditioning and purchasing some of the computers to get the lab operational. Additional funds will be needed to not only finish setting up the lab but also to run classes, buy software, and staff and maintain the lab. For more information on the lab budget or to see a copy of our Computer Lab Project Plan, please contact us.
Ready to pour the concrete for the roof.     Getting ready for the new roof
Click here to make a donation and help bring the computer lab to fruition!

With the spring comes beautification projects at the foundation! Scholarship students and other folks from the town are gathering with artist & Wings Scholarship Program Mentor, Rodrigo Rodriguez, to design and paint a mural on the wall of our newly-finished second classroom which now houses art, English, early education classes and more!

In addition to teaching the students the art of making a mural, Rodrigo plans to focus on training the students how to develop discipline from the start to finish of a project. The students will learn how to work diligently as artists, including wearing masks and proper work clothes while painting, mixing paints and cleaning their brushes. Also, showing up on time for the project and being reliable will be emphasized.

9th Annual Auction & Donations to Schools

With the tremendous support of volunteers who worked at the events and individuals and businesses who donated goods or services, a record-breaking amount of 91,527 pesos was raised in the combined events (the online and live event).  Thank you to this year’s auction coordinator, Ana Mancilla from Mexico City, for helping make this event such a success! These funds have been distributed as follows:
Some of the entertainment at the auction
  • 23,000 pesos to 3 public schools for school improvement projects
  • 23,000 pesos for foundation free educational programs
  • 45,527 pesos to finish 2nd classroom (laying floors, building stairs, painting building and installing windows, door, fans and lighting).
The schools are putting these pesos to use in the following ways:
Kinder: Installing palapa roof over sand box
Primary School: School improvement projects                     
Middle School: Construction on kitchen
Gabriela speaking at the auction

Complete 2013 auction information can be found here

Wings Scholarship Program
Thanks to the participation of our Wings’ scholarship sponsors, we have a whopping 32 students in the program this year!!!  Special acknowledgement goes to Jacqueline Walters & Deborah Hawksley for their steadfast commitment to seeing that each and every one of our La Manzanilla student candidates was matched with a sponsor.

Highlights of the 2012-13 school years’ program include:
Omar Alejandro Bravo Acevedo, our star Wings scholar from the neighboring town of Miguel Hidalgo, graduated from University of Londres at the top of his class,earning a law degree. He will continue in the fall of 2014 on a Wings scholarship to complete a Master’s Degree!  
Both of our two senior-year scholarship students, Maria Jhennifer Chavez Mendoza & Isis Joseline Murillo Macias, who are graduating from high school in July, have registered to attend University in the fall! Jhennifer plans to study to become a doctor and Isis plans to study Tourism. Thanks to their dedicated sponsors Helping Hands Bookstore and William Albritton, for seeing them all the way through high school!
This month we are beginning the selection process for new 2013-14 Wings Scholarship student candidates.  Stay tuned for info on this new group of outstanding students in our next newsletter!
Staff News…
LCF welcomes new staff member Gardenia Aguilar Sahagun as Program Coordinator. Gardenia grew up in La Manzanilla and recently finished her degree in Computer Systems Engineering at a technological school in La Huerta, Jalisco. When asked what Gardenia likes most about her work, she says “I really enjoy working with the scholarship program as it is so beneficial to the community and I like seeing the students be able to reach higher educational levels".
We want to thank the following volunteer teachers for all of their help this season:
Eulalea Cardenas
John Collins
Deborah Hawksley
Patricia Gail Meyer     
Norma Rejall
Marilyn Sudbeck
Arlene Pace
La Catalina Educational Foundation, the schools and
the children of La Manzanilla say, “Gracias!”