07 Mar La Pedrera
The community of La Pedrera is excited about the completion of their first ever middle school classrooms. Before they started building the two new bottle classrooms, the school had 109 students, 3 teachers and no classrooms. Since the middle school’s inception in 2003, they have been sharing the elementary school classrooms, which are overcrowded and insufficient for older students, due to the small chairs and desks.
The Conejo de Padres de Familia (roughly equivalent to the PTA) and the COCODE (local government) have led the organization of the community to collect the 6,500 bottles needed for the project and to stuff them full of inorganic trash to make “eco-bricks”.
The new infrastructure will give students in the community the opportunity to not only complete middle school, but hopefully to go on to high school and even to university.
Location: La Pedrera, San Martin Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango, Guatemala
School number: 24
Birthday: March 7, 2013