WE SEEK YOUR SUPPORT AFTER HURRICANE MARÍA
Dear Caribbean School Alumni and Friends:
On October 5th, only two weeks after “Hurricane Maria” hit Puerto Rico, Caribbean School was able to resume classes on a half-day basis. During that time our employees faced urgent demands at home but because of their commitment they put aside their own needs to be present at school, pitching in in order to get our campus ready to welcome students. Once we opened the school, learning took place in a climate of care and support that has always defined our unique school community. Our staff effort is a testament not only to their remarkable professionalism and loyalty to our school, but to their determination to help our students “turn the page” and return to the comforting daily routines of school. Since October 19th, we are running normal class schedules.
As you may already know, the Caribbean School Trust Fund better known as the Endowment was established this year to authenticate the School’s fund-raising process and has been distributed into three specific areas: General Fund – will support faculty and staff to move forward towards academic excellence by giving their school a predictable source of revenue and financial stability; Scholarship Fund - will make available scholarship grants and provide essential services that allow students to focus on their education; Construction Fund - priority items under this category are a PA System, a Power Generator, replacing windows in order to preserve energy and increase capability for air conditioning installation in each classroom or lab. Air conditioning is no longer luxury but a necessity and especially after the hurricane, since we have less shade from trees. Even research implies that extreme high temperatures can negatively affect students and teachers’ health and performance; Allen and Fischer (1978), Benya (2001), Dockrell and Shield (2006), Duran-Narucki (2008).
When you make a financial contribution your donation can be aligned to a specific portion or activity of your preference. Remember that donations are fully tax deductible since Caribbean School has IRS 501 (c) (3) non- profit status. Also, the Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code, section 1101 allows tax payers to make deductions as specified under the code. Donations received by December 31st of this year can be applied to your 2017 tax returns.
At this moment, to truly fulfill the needs of your Alma Mater we are asking our Alumni community for their support. Our goal is to raise $500,000 in order to provide the best quality education to our students. To this end, we encourage you to donate to our Caribbean School Endowment. Please, make a financial contribution to one or more of our various post “Hurricane Maria”’ initiatives. We have the opportunity to become energy efficient and independent and be better prepared for future potential disasters or emergencies to come. Specific donation areas include:
To make a donation, please visit our webpage at: www.caribbeanschool.org and make your contribution online. You can also send a check, payable to Caribbean School, and specify the purpose of your donation in the memo line of the check. Our mailing address is: Caribbean School, attn. Development, 1689 Navarra St, Ponce, and P.R. 00730.
Thank you for your interest and generous support. Your donation will aid in relieving the impact of the added operational costs and will guarantee a better education for our students.
The Caribbean Alumni organization seeks to cultivate a relationship with our graduates. At Caribbean School we nurture pride, loyalty, legacy, and a life-long connection among alumni, students, parents and friends. We want to foster a spirit of loyalty and promote the general welfare of Caribbean School.
We are looking for enthusiastic graduates who are willing to take on the initiative and sustain it!
1689 Navarra Street
Ponce, P.R. 00730
Phone: 787- 843-2048
Fax: 787- 844-5626
Thank you for your support!