The school’s enrolment has been a major concern since last year’s low student population of 10. In May of 2013, the school board approved an advertising schedule that included advertising in many media outlets. This measure, the good reputation of the school and our active presence in the Belize District Primary Principals meetings has brought us to a current enrolment of 21 (16 boys and 5 girls). This increase presented the problem of having to turn students away due to the lack of space.
With the increase of students, the lack of textbooks is more apparent and has become a critical issue. The ministry of education textbook program in Belize provided very little assistance. However, God’s provision came through several avenues: Bob Miller of Wilmington Yearly Meeting provided literature through the generosity of the Rotary Club of Cincinnati, Western Yearly Meeting sent money for the purchase of science texts, and Florence Peery, of Western Yearly Meeting, sent us extra English resources to supplement and use for grammar and phonics. We are grateful for the Lord’s provision, yet, we continue to need more textbooks.
On December 20, a workshop was held to assist Miss Candi, our teacher, familiarize herself with the new resources available to her.
Belize Friends School again placed first in the Belize district’s recycling program by collecting the most recyclable material per student. The school takes pride in being the “greenest” school in the city.
We currently are in need of a 15 passenger van for field trips and for use when work teams come. The current rental rate is $157 per day, leaving us a week rental cost of $1237, which does not include the security deposit of $1000-2000. We have heard that Crystal Auto Rentals could sell a recent model to us for $15,000.
On a personal note, please keep us in prayer as we recover from our surgeries. I had polyp removal from all my sinuses and Becky had a deviated septum repaired.
It has been a pleasure to serve here in Belize.
Samuel L. Barber
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