September 8, 2020
September 2020 Palapa Society News
Our 2019/20 Annual Report
Our 2019/20 Annual Report
(18-months) is now ready.

Please Note: We have changed from a calendar year to a fiscal year for alignment to our school year.

Almost at Our Goal!
Thank you to all our donors who heard the call to help raise $100K USD. We are grateful you are part of our Palapa Family. It’s because of your support we are able to achieve our mission of community programs and provide quality education. Each of you makes a difference! For a full list of donors, please view the end of this email.

We are now in our last week of this fundraiser to help cover additional COVID-19 expenses impacting our annual budget. We are just shy of our goal by $25,240 USD. Can you help us to get there? 100% of the proceeds raised will help cover tuition forgiveness and our technology needs.

Also, please be sure to read to the end of this email for information on the Art Raffle and Special Live Online Painting Event this Saturday!
Ways you can help:
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Learning at a Distance
After their summer break, students are eager to resume their education. Facing the challenges, The Palapa School continues to follow the SEP mandates for distance learning. Students may be missing the classroom experience, but they will continue receiving the best education through the brilliant distance learning and study guide system developed by the Palapa teachers and staff.

Here is how it will work.
The Palapa School will continue the use of weekly study guides sent via email or picked up at the school for those without a printer or internet access. We are utilizing Zoom for live class sessions so students can connect with their teachers and their friends by computer or phone. For those students with limited access to technology, teachers are using WhatsApp for calls and text messages. Teachers are doing whatever it takes to be in communication with students, offering them academic support and individual coaching to keep students inspired and on track.

As you can imagine, there are many challenges around distance learning, but the Palapa teachers and staff continue to evaluate our systems and procedures daily to ensure that each child feels supported.
Meet Palapa School Teacher
Yurixhi Ochoa
In Mexico, each high school is required to choose an area of focus allowing students to graduate with a certification for that specific field. In line with The Palapa Society’s mission, vision and commitment to community and building tomorrow’s leaders, The Palapa Preparatoria’s (high school) official focus is "Community Development."

We are proud to welcome Yurixhi Ochoa to our Palapa high school teachers’ team to develop and teach a specialized program around Community Development. Yurixhi has extensive experience serving as a community researcher, a licensed Educational Psychologist, and a Community Development teacher. Her experience includes the design and coordination of intervention programs within rural and indigenous communities. She has worked throughout Latin America, in Michoacan, Jalisco, Tamaulipas, Chiapas, Yucatan, Campeche, Baja California Sur, and Quintana Roo as well as in Guatemala, Belize and Costa Rica. 

We are thrilled she brings her expertise and innovative teaching tools to our team, and we are excited to witness the meaningful programs she will develop for our preparatoria (high school) students.
BECA Success Story: Meet Aurora
My name is Aurora Selenia Cota Villalobos. I have been a part of The Palapa Society as a scholarship recipient since 2013. My studies began in upper secondary education at the Center for Scientific and Technological Studies of the state (CECYTE) and at the University Benemérita Urban Normal School “Prof. Domingo Carballo Félix.” I am now a University graduate in field preschool education.

During these 7 years as a Becario (scholarship recipient), I participated in some of the activities that The Palapa Society promoted, such as the Tianguis, Carrera de Todos Santos 5k race, and The Historic Home Tour.
The importance of receiving this support is mainly in regard to the economic solvency that is provided to both students and our parents, since The Palapa Society covers my tuition and some books that are required.

From my point of view, The Palapa Society provides opportunities for more young people to continue studying, and in my case, to fulfill my dreams.

I appreciate the support that The Palapa Society has contributed to my training!
Construction Has Begun!
Exciting update! The second-floor construction for the Preparatoria (high school) classrooms is underway. The original Palapa Learning Center architect, Jack Nottingham, and construction team, Grupo AF, started work on August 25th. Jack has completed the second-floor architecture design to compliment his design of the original buildings and ground floor classrooms.

Jayna Schweitzer is overseeing the project as she did the original construction project. Construction of the second floor is set to be completed January 2021.
Palapa Society Programs
Biblioteca Elena Poniatowska remains closed. While we anticipate a very late fall reopening with limited hours, all is dependent upon the current health conditions. All sanitizing guidelines, social distancing, and mask requirements will be observed. We are pleased to announce that the Little Free Libraries did "weather the storm" so please continue to visit the 3 locations - Parque los Pinos, La Esquina and Padrino Children's Foundation.

The enforced closure has given Library Director, Donna Schultz the opportunity to order approximately 40-50 new books -best sellers, classics, topical non-fiction, etc. Therefore, when we do open our gates, our shelves will be filled with new titles!

Donna says, "It's a great blessing if one can lose all time, all worries, if only for a short time, in a book."
Children's After School Art Program

The After School Art Program is currently suspended at this time. When it is determined safe, we can again meet face-to-face, share space, and resume classes.

Until then our art director, Jill Mollenhauer, has created a Facebook page: Imagine It!  These are posts of a new creative project every week. Open to anyone and any age. While this is not a program directly connected to The Palapa Society, we think it sounds like a lot of fun.
Special Live Painting Event Online
Brian McGuffey
Join us this Saturday, Sept 12th at 4:30 Mountain time for a special live painting auction with Brian McGuffey. Brian is a renown and beloved artist who originates from Seattle and now makes Todos Santos his full-time home.

His passion for our community and philanthropy are a great commodity for our sweet little pueblo. He generously extended his hand again to help us meet our goal for our Back-to-School fundraiser.

"I Miss the Fiesta"
36 x 36 inches
Value: $4,500 USD
Starting Bid: $1,500 USD
Painting will be revealed during the
Live Stream on Saturday

Please make sure to give our Facebook page a "LIKE" by clicking this text. You will receive a notification when we go live on Saturday.
Back-to-School Art Raffle
Don't miss out on our special Art Raffle for our Back-to-School fundraiser. $25 USD per ticket or five tickets for $100 USD. Last day to purchase tickets is Saturday, Sept. 12th at 4:30 mountain time. Drawing will be held during the Live Painting Event with Brian McGuffey.
Anne Hebebrand
"Quirks and Twists"
20 x 20 in
Value $800 USD
Shipping Available in U.S.A.
Jimena Garcia
60 cm x 40 cm
Value $300 USD
Jill Logan
"Todos Santos Iglesia with Red"
16 x 20 in
Value $400 USD
Steve Jacobi
32 cm tall
Value $175 USD
Saskia Onvlee Taller
“La Misma Semilla”
55 x 60 cm
Value $150 USD
Alex Mitre
“Baja California Skull”
23 x 30 cm
Value $75 USD
Gerardo Rendón
20 x 25 cm
Value $65 USD
Charlotte Hacker-Mullen
"Dulce y Agria"
20 x 20 in
Value $275 USD
Thank You to All of Our
Back-to-School Donors!
Andy & Connie Mical
Ann Hazard
Anne Patterson
Annebet Muceus
Bobbi McElravey
Carol & Greg Dobbs
Carol Bailey
Cathryn Williams
Celia Devault
Cheri Myers
Christie Hurta
Cory Stewart
David & Nancy Lacey
Dayna Klein
Deborah Horn
Dianna & Tom Chapman
Dr. Geoffery R. & Gina Wickwire
Elizabeth Daskarolis
Frederick Long
Gerald Ronayne
Greg & Sydney Schweitzer
Greg Schredder
James Masaachi
Janelle Tillman
Jene Buckner
Jennifer Eastwood
Jill Mollenhauer
Jim & Patricia Cardillo
Jim Dierker
Jim Toohey & Gina Cerda
Joy O'brein
Julie & Dave Veenstra
Julie & Michael Dandurand
Laurie Dawe
Leah Anton
Linda Sue Scott & Terryl Tagg
Lisa Demoney & David Divjak
Lisa Welsch
Lynn McIlroy
Margaret Derring
Marilyn Martin
Marla Cunningham
Marsha & Gary Blum
Marsha Karr
Michael Cook
Michael Strunk
Pamela & Guillermo Bejarano
Paty Rains
Paul Bunn
Paula Kukla
Paula Schoonmaker
Peg & Marc Rinehart
Peggy Trundy
Peter & Lisa Biagetti
Peter & Shirley Hill
Peter Buck
Peter Holden
RB Westbrook
Robert Jacobi
SaraGay Dammann
Scott & Gail Bosch
Sherri R. Neil
Sue White
Susan & Burt Mittlestadt
Terry Casey
The Benevity Community Fund
The Dickinson Family
The Jagentenfl's
The Stewart Family
Walt & Donna Schultz
Thank You Monthly & Annual Donors
You Make a Difference!
AJ & Bonnie Johnston
Andy & Connie Mical
Cheri Myers
Dennis & Nancy Naigle
Dr. William & Cathy Nation
Gail & Scott Bosch
Grace Tuttle
Hal & Vickie Butler
Heather Bauer
Jane Gehring
Janna Kinkade
Karen & Judd Cuenin
Karen Haley
Kristin Rust
Lee Purser
Liane Collins
Marimar Higgins
Margot Hampleman
Marjolean Brugman
Marsh Laird
Nancy Simpson
Pam & Paul Bumann
Paty Rains
Susan & Jim Smith
Suzanne Arnold
Sydney & Greg Schweitzer
Tori Sepulveda & Oscar Rosales
Virginia Gollery
Please note: if you have not received a thank you email from our Fund Development Director, Jamie Sechrist, please click here to email her and let her know. She has had some technical difficulties with her email that are now resolved. Thank you.
Make A Difference in
a Young Life Today!
Please consider giving today. Your donations will help us to ensure we can continue to provide access to high quality education. Remember, gifts of $500 USD or more will be matched up to $25K. No gift is too small.
The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. exists to make a positive difference in people’s lives through inspirational quality education and timely support through community service and programs.

It is the vision of The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. to be a sustainable, accessible community focused organization in which quality educational programs empower choice filled lives and create positive transformational change.