Newsletter - AVENIR PLUS
After a huge downpour
This year, ten days after our first day back to school, Tabaski (Aid Al Adha), an important religious holiday, took place. As a result, it was as if we had two back to school days, one before and one after the holiday. On the first day of school, October 7th, we were hit with a tropical storm that we could have dealt without, but from the youngest to the eldest, all 380 students were present and ready for classes...
We have finally been able to have a roof built for the classroom that still did not have one. The owner of the kindergarten and elementary building has finally agreed to do some repairs, though we had to provide the money up front. The money is deducted monthly from the rent due until December. The first floor is finally tiled, which means that all the kindergarten classes are in much better condition. The owner of the building which houses our secondary school, whom we have also asked for assistance, is not inclined to help the school..We continue to search for a different building but everything is VERY expensive in Mbour, and we need to stay in the same neighborhood.
Mouhamed Fadel receiving his award
Late in September, we received the results from the CFEE (end of primary school exam) and the exams to get into middle school with respectively 90% and 100% success rate. Two of our students from CM2 (6th grade): Abdou Fadel and Sokhna Aicha (a sponsored student) were rewarded by the school district for their outstanding results.
We have encouraged our primary teachers to take their professional exams in order to advance in their careers: three have taken the written and oral parts, two others have taken the written exam and will take the oral exam this year, two have also taken their baccalaureat and all passed. We applaud their efforts and encourage them to continue improving themselves.
This year, in Primary School, we have opened two 1st grades, two 2nd grades, two 3rd grades, and only one class of 4th, 5th and 6th gradefor lack of classroom space.
Town hall visit
Jacqueline, Dominique, Yves, and Jean-Pierre continue to work loyally here at the school. An immense thank you to the four of them. Jean-Pierre took a group of CE2 students to visit the Mbour town hall and regularly shows films in the afternoon that are used as the basis for all oral activities.
We now have 504 registered students. All the pictures of our sponsored children are online. Once again, I am going to ask for your continued support and help. Many of you have visited the school. You know what we do and why we do it. Please share your experiences and knowledge of the school's mission with your friends and family. Send anyone who may be interested in supporting our school to avenirplus.org. Thank you and see you soon.
The kindergarten/primary school team
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