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Retired Man “graduates” from school in Samara

By Arianna McKinney

At 67 years of age, Edgar Lobo Camacho, known as Cusuco, received a certificate from the school in Samara during the school’s graduation ceremony on December 16th. When he was a kid, he made it as far as fourth grade but that was it, until recently. 

When he was young, he explained that attending school wasn’t easy as he was from a poor family and had to walk barefoot through the mountains and pastures to attend. In the summer when the sun heated the ground, the bottoms of his feet would burn as he walked. Eventually he stopped going.

 

Through the years, he worked in everything from agriculture to construction until two years ago when he began receiving a pension and decided to put his time to good use learning. The teaching methods used in the schools now are different than when he was a kid, but in many ways, he believes it is easier for him to go to school now at 67 than it was when he was a kid. “One arrives with a different mentality,” he explained. When he was a child, he was timid, but now he has a different perspective on life and finds that it is more fun for him to learn. Now that he’s mastering writing and arithmetic, he said he’d also like to learn geography, to know the different points around the world. 

Lobo hopes to continue going to school next year, and he’s not the only one. He was one of four adult students at Samara school, and his teacher told him that 25 adults are signed up for this coming year. 


 

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Local Girl with Rare Bone Disorder Will Be Able to Go to School

Laura Rodriguez Lopez, aged 11, from the town of Esperanza, was born with a rare bone growth disorder called Knits Dysplasia. The disorder affects her sight, hearing, speech and skeletal growth as a result for much of her life, walking or standing has been hard if not impossible.

Vacation with “Escuelita” summer school

Since January 9th and until Friday, the 27th, girls and boys with ages between 5 and 15 can take advantage of and enjoy their vacations attending the classrooms of the Serapio Lopez school, which opened its doors for volunteers from Texas, Holand, Nosara and San Jose to teach and spend a great time with the little ones that arrive at the little summer school.

Blessed Youth

Many people see teenagers as undisciplined, socially inept and view them primarily as consumers. Parents think of them as “a lost cause” and that “they don’t pay attention, don’t know what they’re doing and don’t act like grownups.” These are some of the many expressions I heard during the five days I spent living with two adolescents and their friends in the community of Nosara. 

Photography Contest Shows Samara

The Samara Chamber of Tourism (CASATUR) launched their Web site, and to get the ball rolling organized an amateur photography contest called "Show us Your Samara." The objective was to show the warmth, natural beauty and originality of Samara Beach.

Playa Garza Starts Off 2012 with a Big Fishing Tournament

For the fourth year in a row, the town of Garza will hold a fishing tournament which will start Friday, January 13th, at noon and will extend throughout Saturday, January 14th and Sunday 15th, when it will start at 5 a.m. On Friday and Saturday the tournament will end at 10 p.m., while Sunday's event will end at 6 p.m. in order to name the winners afterwards. As usual, the money raised will be donated to Garza's elementary school.

Samara has 15 New Wood Artisans

So many beautiful objects crafted from scraps of leftover wood were displayed on tables at Intercultura on Thursday, December 15th during a graduation ceremony—figurines, jewelry boxes and coffee strainers with carved wooden bases in shapes of local flora and fauna such as palm trees and fish.

New Recycling Center Designs will be Presented to the Nosara Community

The town of Nosara has an opportunity to have an exemplary recycling center thanks to a group of young architecture students, who will be presenting their designs and ideas to the community on Friday, January 13 in Rancho Tico.

 

 

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