This year the Makarios School has added a new subject… art! With the guidance of our art teacher Profe Kelly and school librarian Profe Miranda, each grade at the Makarios School is able to attend art class during the week. It has been a joy to see our students embrace their ability to create and we love seeing their personalities show through their artwork.
From learning how to cut a zig-zag line to examining the features of the face, our students are able to enter the art room each week and explore. They are able to work on their problem solving skills, improve their motor learning skills, and ultimately, share their thoughts, imagination, and self through a visual language.
Now, where does all of this beautiful artwork go? The walls of our cafeteria, where our students may see their artwork each morning they arrive to school. Our school’s cafeteria has become the “giant refrigerator” to display our student’s creations. Every week or so, brave Profe Kelly climbs a ladder in the cafeteria and hangs our student’s artwork up on the walls for all to see. It has been an incredible way to non-verbally communicate to our students, “ we are proud of you and of who you are”.
We are thankful for the addition of an art program within the Makarios School and the way our students are being a reflection of the Lord, our creator.
Through the giving hearts of our-sponsors, our teachers are able to do what they love, teach and care for our students. Along with providing our teachers with the opportunity to teach, part of our sponsor's monthly gift allows members of our staff to attend a local university. A number of our teachers are education majors and in their studies, they have learned the importance of creating a positive learning environment for children in their preliminary years. With this being said, what better way to teach and learn than through games and laughter! Above is a video of our Pre-K 3 class learning through a game created by their teachers, Profe Bella and Profe Katherine. Enjoy!
Thank you to the sponsors of our teachers for walking alongside our staff so that they may bless the students of Makarios. We currently have members of our staff who are in need of sponsorship.
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We are excited to share with you that there are big and positive changes happening within the Makarios School. Currently, the Makarios School is moving towards the process of accreditation according to the regulations under the Dominican Ministry of Education. We have made the decision to move in this direction because we are confident that it is the best decision for our students and the future students of Makarios. To be an accredited school will help ensure that the education of our students is acknowledged by the Dominican government and other academic institutions within the Dominican Republic. This process is a big step for the Makarios School, from the adoption of a new curriculum to the rearrangement of our students in relation to the public school rosters (many of our students attend the Makarios School in the morning and then public school in the afternoon). We thank the Lord for His guidance during this time.
In addition, we are thankful for our new school house located next door! Our fifth grade students are beyond excited as well and it has won the title of the fifth grade casita (little house in Spanish). The history of Makarios is truly humbling and we know that all is by the grace of His hands. We are blessed.
At the end of October, Makarios was blessed with the opportunity to host a medical team from the states. This group was comprised of 4 medical providers (2 MDs, PA, NP), an optometrist, RNs and other ancillary staff. There were 13 people in total from Ohio, Michigan, and Georgia. They brought much needed medications and other supplies for the week-long clinic as well as supplies to be used throughout the school year (a huge blessing).
Makarios has been hosting a medical team since the fall of 2007 when my family and I brought the first team. Since 2007, we have continued these trips and this year we had the pleasure of being the medical team host family. It was great being on this side and we hope to continue these trips to improve the health of the Makarios students and their families.
It was an exciting week to say the least. There is a great need for medical and eye care here in the Dominican Republic and within the span of four days, the medical team saw about 550 patients! The cafeteria was transformed into a 4 room hospital and through the use of this space, various health conditions were attended to. The team cared for all of the students within the school, their families, the Makarios staff and their families, members from the local church (Templo Biblico), and the surrounding community. Along with working within the school, the team spent two half days outside of the school, visiting one of the villages (Pancho Mateo) and we able to see where our students and their families live. Rex (our one eye doctor) was a very busy man during the trip. He checked the eyes of all of the students in the school (115 or so) and hundreds of others. It was awesome to see some of the elderly come out with glasses and immediately pull out their Bibles to see if they could read the word. To see the smiles on their faces when they could see what they were reading was priceless! They also spent a morning in Chichigua seeing anyone who wanted to be seen there. The highlight was having one of the student’s moms come to know Christ because of this team. She was having depression and other problems and with the help of a great translator she lead her to the Lord.
This week was a huge blessing to the community of Makarios as well as those near or associated with this wonderful organization. Thank you so much Medical Team 2013! We are excited for the preparation for next year!
Darren Young PA-C, MPAS
Makarios International Director of Health
Preschool is a time for learning colors, shapes, & numbers. It's a time for singing songs, coloring and having lots of recess time. It's a time for little ones to become accustomed to the daily routine of school.
Our Pre K-3 and Pre K- 4 classes are doing just that! They've had a great time playing with each other during recess, feeding our school bunnies, dressing up for the Dominican holiday "Dia de la raza" and just overall enjoying the Makarios school. Take a look a few recent photos & short video of our preschool students enjoying themselves at the Mak school!
We had a beautiful start to our 2013-2014 Makarios school year!
Thank you Lord for blessing us so.
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