Second- and fifth-graders at The Island School have produced this year’s Kids Can Make A Difference calendar, with proceeds to benefit various projects on Ometepe. The theme of the 2019 calendar is "Highlights of Ometepe and Bainbridge Island." For the first time, Bainbridge students and those on Ometepe collaborated on producing the calendar. The Ometepe students suggested the highlights that should be featured for their
The Special Needs Committee recently received a donation of over 50 different kinds of tips for canes for the blind from a company in Canada (Ambutech).
The Sister Islands Association's Student Delegation Committee has decided not to take applications for a 2019 delegation because of the continuing atmosphere of tension and political instability in Nicaragua. Last year, we were unable to send the group of students who had prepared all winter and spring to travel to Ometepe. It was a very difficult decision but as the level of violence
The 2018 Library Delegation visited all the libraries on Ometepe, consulted with librarians, delivered books and assessed further library needs in the Island schools. Vicente Potoy Cajina and his 3rd and 4th grade class at San Jose del Norte. This teacher requested a chess set! A second grader in La Concha reads a new book that was part of a
The January Special Needs Delegation, let by Brenda Berry, continued workshops in photography for deaf children. We originated this project with the goal of providing these kids with the opportunity to express themselves creatively to the hearing and non-hearing communities.
We aren’t the only community association that’s enjoyed a long friendship with Ometepe. The Ometepe-Gulf Islands Friendship Association, on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, has roots nearly as deep as ours.
Three second-graders from Ordway Elementary School — Kaia Robb-Goldberg, Magda Ruffo-Hill, and Abby Corns — guided by office manager Lauren Melville, organized a Wintergram fundraiser for Ordway's sister school in La Concepcion, Ometepe. The effort raised $286 which will purchase books and supplies for the La Concepcion school library. In addition, teachers Susan Gace and Denise Melton-Todd arranged for December's Scholastic Book Fair
When the 2017 Coffee Delegation traveled to Nicaragua from Nov. 28 to Dec. 11, the group of four were treated to 11 fantastic days on Ometepe and had opportunities to explore the mainland cities of Masaya, Granada and Rivas.