The week of Dec. 16 through Dec. 20 will be one of giving and school spirit in the Iola-Scandinavia school district.
Countless activities will be held in order to celebrate the season and to raise funds to send money to students both in Guatemala and Belize.
The Iola-Scandinavia Spanish Club made a vow this past June while on their trip to these countries that they would remember and support the elementary age students they met and played games with at each site.
The time has come to raise awareness and support.
During the “Giving to Guatemala and Belize” week The I-S High School Student Council and Spanish Club will educate the high school students about the needs and conditions in these countries as well as sponsor fun activities to raise funds.
Along with dress-up days, some of the activities will include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, staff caroling, sales of candy grams delivered with a carol, sales of shakes, muffins and hot drinks by the Rocket Club, Spanish Club and Entrepreneurship class. There will also be a raffle, a gingerbread house building contest, and collection of funds at the home basketball games on both Tuesday, Dec. 17, and Thursday, Dec. 19.
Any community members or civic groups interested in contributing to the cause should contact the high school office.
During their visit to Santa Elena Primary School in Santa Elena Cayo, Belize. Iola-Scandinavia students were given a tour of the school and then played at recess with the children.
The government of Belize pays the teacher’s salary, but that’s the extent of it. The people need to pay for everything else – the building, its maintenance, electricity, books, supplies, etc.