VOLUNQUEST – July 21st through August 18th, public schools

The summer camps for the public school 200+ kids begin on July 21st & go until August 18th.  They will be having swim lessons as part of the camp at Marina Paraiso.  To date we have collected 42 kids bathing suits. Many local kids do not have bathing suits so we thought what fun to present them with a new suit when they are learning how to swim.  This campaign will continue throughout the year because of the free swim lessons the Navy will be teaching at Marina Paraiso in the fall.  Volunquest is still looking for volunteers for the summer camp.  Their English book drive for a public English library is a continued success.  Check out this link to see the books we have received so far http://www.librarything.com/catalog/VolunQuest if some of your favorites aren’t on the list, bring ’em on down when you come back for a visit.

There has been a lot of discussion on Facebook about helmets for children.  The laws have not required children to wear them & they are expensive when kids are growing quickly.  We do recommend an approved scooter helmet from Yamaha or Honda not a bicycle helmet.  There was mention of doing a big helmet drive.  This is something that would be well received & is needed.  The public schools reach the broadest range of kids from all neighborhoods & all socio economic backgrounds.  Volunquest could easily organize this within the schools, the Municipio & with DIF.  If people are interested in heading this up or participating, please message or email us.

Volunquest is trying to reduce the school supply costs for the kids in the public schools.  All of the school supplies being donated are going to the classrooms so that the families do not need to purchase them.  Even shaving off $350 pesos off the school expenses makes a huge difference.  We hope to continue receiving school supplies all summer.  School begins again on August 20th.   If you don’t want to haul an extra bag or more pounds, you can always go to Dunosusa to get toilet paper, soap, toothpaste & toothbrushes or Chedraui for school supplies like colored pencils, glue, erasers, tape, pencils, scissors, markers, crayons, pencil cases & backpacks.  If you have any questions or want to volunteer with Volunquest, please contact Kristen Tywan at ktywan@gmail.com