The “Juntos Por La Educación” (Together for Education) fundraising campaign brought in just under $250,000 in donations from members of PriceSmart shopping clubs for the Aprender y Crecer (Learning & Growing) program. With matching donation from Price Charities, the total amount contributed to the program is $435,984.
Similar to the annual fundraising campaign Costco operates to benefit Children’s Hospital, PriceSmart members in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama made donations at the cash registers during the 8-week campaign.
At a cost of $50 per student per year, Aprender y Crecer donates a package of school supplies to each student at selected public schools in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. Each teacher also receives a package of materials for use in the classroom and each school receives an assortment of cleaning and paper products. In exchange for the donation participating schools commit to utilizing the supplies to improve five key areas: student engagement, parent participation, teacher collaboration and innovation, school leadership, and school cleanliness and safety.
Aprender y Crecer began in 2006 with 6 schools in Costa Rica, comprising around 2,200 students. In 2010 the program will operate in 6 countries at 55 schools, serving over 27,000 students and 1,100 teachers. For more information please visit our web site www.aprenderycrecer.org or contact Jennifer Barron at firstname.lastname@example.org.