The month of August marks the introduction of Aprender y Crecer (Learning and Growing) in the Dominican Republic, the first Caribbean country to participate in the program.
Nearly 2,500 children at four public elementary schools in the cities of Santo Domingo and Santiago will receive a package of supplies including everything they need for the school year like notebooks, pencils, pencil sharpeners, scissors, glue, tempera paints, geometry sets, and dictionaries, among others.
In addition to supplies for the students, each of the 69 teachers at these schools receive materials for use in the classroom, with everything from dry-erase markers and copy paper to construction paper and paint refills. Each school also receives an assortment of cleaning items like bleach, disinfectant, toilet paper, and hand soap.
Founded by Price Charities in 2006, the mission of Aprender y Crecer is to improve educational and life opportunities for students by forming partnerships with public elementary schools so that principals, teachers, parents and students can focus on quality teaching and learning. Aprender y Crecer currently serves more than 27,000 students and more than 1,100 teachers at 57 elementary schools in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
Price Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and believes it has a social obligation to provide opportunities for the poor. For more information about Aprender y Crecer please visit www.aprenderycrecer.org.