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Serapio López School Shines Like New

By emiliana garcia
photos by Jessica Sheffield

On Saturday, May 5th, students, teachers, parents, members of the community and volunteers from the United States gave a new look to Serapio Lopez Fajardo School in Nosara. 

The school has been in a deteriorated state since the former director was expelled by parents in October of 2011. 

The activity was organized by the Nosara Recycling Association, Surfing Nosara Foundation, and Sustainable Nosara as one of many community programs they develop called “Blue Flag Adopt-a-School.” The goal is that the local schools can apply and earn the coveted national “Blue Flag” prize. 

This year, the Recycling Association decided to start with Serapio Lopez thanks to the notification of the new director, Victor Julio Madrigal Leal. 

The public schools Portal of Garza, Santa Marta and the Bocas de Nosara high school will be the next to receive this privilege, along with the bilingual school Del Mar Academy, whose environmental programs provide an invaluable experience in these community activities. 

Twenty volunteers from the University of Malone, Ohio arrived at the site exclusively to work on the renovation of the school, and about 100 kids, teachers and parents from the school cooperated in all of the tasks. 

In six hours of work, they succeeded in renovating the bathrooms, painting the exterior walls of a pavilion and paint and write the name of the school on the entrance of the building. And since aesthetics are also important, they planted flowering plants in old tires and trees and palms around the classrooms. 

Materials were purchased thanks to donations of individuals and local businesses. “We’re going to hold another community day in order to continue with the improvements.

The committee of parents, the School Board and directors are super committed. For this, we’ll be requesting more donations of materials,” said Jessica Sheffield, organizer of the event. 




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Although the steep and rocky road from Matapalo of Samara up to Santo Domingo was finally leveled and compacted in late April, more is needed, and neighbors are wondering when promised funds will actually get spent on the road by the municipal government.

Nosara Security Association to Make Changes

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Low Season, Slow Season

Clean, precise, clear blue waves give rise to storm tossed seas. A handful of surfers take on the messy whitewater, fiercely duckdiving under the swell. When the moon is full, the tide tumbles up and generously pours over the edge of the beach onto the land. It’s clearly low season, better known as green season, here along the central Guanacaste coast.

Nosara’s First Mini-Golf Competition Created by a Ten Year Old Boy

Sunday May 14, over 50 Nosareños witnessed the town’s first ever mini-golf tournament, thanks to the effort of one very talented ten-year old. And like many ten-year olds, he doesn’t mince words.

Bidding Underway for Work On Nosara River

On Wednesday, April 18th, representatives of 16 companies inspected sites along the Nosara River deemed most critical in their preparation of bids for flood prevention work proposed for these areas. The inspections raised hopes that this time some work might actually get done to lessen the problems caused by the river with the annual rains.

CREAR Begins Reading Time in Samara's Library

CREAR has created a new program to draw more people to Samara's public library: Reading Time. Reading Time for children ages 2 to 8 is being offered Monday through Thursday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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