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Calle Francisco Bojorquez, S/N San Vincente
C.P. 23300 Todos Santos, B.C.S. Mexico
Telephone:  (011) 52-612-1450-299
Welcome to our August Newsletter. 
In This Edition
Palapa Learning Center:
Ground Breaking Ceremony

Summer Camp
Chino Program Funds Special Education Program
A Fond Farewell & Best Wishes
Palapa Learning Center 
Ground Breaking Ceremony
Palapa Learning Center - Ground Breaking Ceremony
A huge thank you to the community of Todos Santos for joining us on this historic and special day. Because of your love, dedication, and donations, we continue to reach each goal.

A special thank you to Cafelix & boyitacos for providing refreshments, to Todos Santos Eco Adventures & Mario Surf School for supplying the much needed shade, and to AF Design & Construction
 for their preparation for today's events. 

Here's to the future and it's looking bright!
Ceremonia Inaugural de Construcción - Centro Educativo La Palapa
Un enorme agradecimiento a la comunidad de Todos Santos por acompañarnos en este día histórico y especial. Gracias a su amor, dedicación y apoyo es que alcanzamos y rebasamos nuestras metas.

Un agradecimiento especial a Cafélix por los refrigerios, a Todos Santos Eco Adventures y Mario Surf School por la sombra, y a AF Design & Construction por su preparación del evento del día de hoy.

¡Gracias a todos por invertir en un gran futuro,
la educación de nuestros jóvenes!
Palapa Learning Center 
Ground Breaking Ceremony 
Palapa Learning Center: Groundbreaking Ceremony (Subtitled)
Watch the video of our Groundbreaking Ceremony!
Mire el video de nuestra Ceremonia de Construcción

How Can You Help?

Help us keep the momentum going by donating to the Palapa Building Fund. Use the DONATE button below to make a U.S. tax deductible donation. Your dollars will ensure the new Palapa Learning Center opens on time, is fully staffed, and materials are in place to receive our students in Fall 2017. This is a community effort, and we thank you for helping make this dream come true for local students and families.

If you would like to make your donation via our Bancomer account details are at the end of the Newsletter. 
Please DONATE Now
Palapa Updates
Timelapse: Clearing the Canvas
Removal of the last building at
the site for the future
Palapa Learning Center! 
The Palapa Library has entered
the Age of Aquarius!

We have purchased ResourceMate software, an ideal program for small library cataloging, searching, circulating and reporting. This computer scanning system will allow the staff to track a book's journey through our inventory. This is obviously an advanced yet bittersweet alternative to hand stamping, shelf searching, etc. whose old-world charm will be missed.

The Palapa Society has over 6000 books and more donated each day. We will bar code every book, a daunting and time-consuming task for our library staff, but completing the task by Moving Day this fall is certainly attainable. Our DVD inventory continues to grow, and again with patience and understanding, they too will be coded.

A huge shout out to James Black whose computer skills saved the day. He selflessly gave of his time and expertise. Also, thank you to Maryann Douglas and Kathy Cate whose research and committment to the project are immensely appreciated.  Without these devoted library volunteers, this  project would have been a nightmare.

This fall, the library hours will revert to 10-1pm Monday-Saturday. The joy of escaping through books and movies is a lasting one. The Palapa Library staff is honored and privileged to offer this experience to our community.
Palapa Student Wins Contest

Proyecto Pupila held a photography contest giving youth an opportunity to earn a scholarship. One of our Palapa students, Frida Costa, won that scholarship with a 1st place finish. Photography is her passion. She picked up a camera at the age of 14 and was hooked on photography and film.

We congratulate Frida on her well-deserved accomplishment.
Todos Santos Open Studio Tour Announced!

The 8th annual Todos Santos Open Studio Tour will be held on the weekend of Feb 11 & 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds will go to the children’s art programs at The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. Ticket sales begin Jan 28th, at $200 pesos each and can be purchased in town at Tecolote Book Store or Cafélix, both located on Calle Juarez.
With map and list in hand, the choices of what to see are practically endless: paint, mixed media, encaustic, wood carving, metal sculpture, stone work, jewelry, fibers and more. The hardest part might be deciding which studios to choose from and if it is possible to get to them all in 2 days. From the south end of town all the way through the north end of El Otro Lado, there are artist studios tucked away that hold treasures undreamed of.
Todos Santos Eco Adventures

For many years,
Todos Santos Eco Adventures
has partnered with The Palapa Society. They contribute in many ways from funding our programs to their Volun-tourism program to providing jobs for our students. 

Please click the video above to learn more out this wonderful partnership. 
Palapa Learning Center
Construction Update

The future home of the Palapa Learning Center is starting to show some real signs of progress. Over the past few weeks AF Design and Construction has undertaken the task of demolishing the building, pouring the foundation base for the walls, clearing the debris, and starting the installation of EF Block walls. 

The EF Block will provide insulation and energy efficiency for our buildings. This means we will be cooler on warm days and only need the use fans thereby using less electricity. Our overall goal is to make our buildings sustainable and decrease our carbon footprint.  

Palapa Summer Camp 2016
Mario Surf School 
Punta Lobos & Cerritos Beaches
Palapa Summer Camp 2016

This year´s Summer Camp and Water Safety programs were a huge success! The Summer Camp teamed up with Todos Santos Eco Adventures to teach the Palapa Society students more about local estuaries and more about why Todos Santos is so special. The field trips were led by Diego Bautista, a former Palapa Society Beca student who is now a guide for Todos Santos Eco Adventures.

The kids also had a theatre workshop with
Teatro Luna Azul
where they learned theatre and improv games.

The Water Safety program was led by Mario Becerril and his team of instructors from 
Mario Surf School. The kids had a two-week workshop in the Club Oasis pool, then graduated to swimming at Punta Lobos and ended the program with surf lessons at Playa Los Cerritos.

This program would not be possible without its dedicated group of volunteers: Jacki Gillespie, Joy O’Brien, Serena Saltzman, Stephanie Rousso, and Margareite Timmermans.We would like to thank Mrs. Josefina Cota for allowing us to use her pool.  Summer Program DirectorJayna Schweitzer can´t wait to start planning next year´s program to make it even better!

Curso de Verano Palapa 2016

Este año el curso de verano y el programa de natación segura fueron un éxito rotundo!  Los chicos del grupo, en conjunto con Todos Santos Eco Adventures, visitaron esteros y playas de la localidad para aprender más sobre nuestro ecosistema todosanteño.  Las excursiones fueron guiadas por Diego Bautista, ex-becario de La Palapa que ahora se desempeña como guía naturalista con Todos Santo Eco Adventures.

Además, los chicos participaron en un taller de teatro con Isabel de Teatro Luna Azul, donde aprendieron técnicas de actuación e improvisación.

El programa de natación fue impartido por Mario Becerril y su equipo de instructores, de Mario Surf School.  Durante las dos semanas, los chicos primero nadaron en la alberca del Club Oasis para despues aplicar sus técnicas de natación y surf en las playas de Punta Lobos y Cerritos.

El curso de verano sería imposible sin nuestras amigas voluntarias: Jacki Gillespie, Joy O'Brien, Serena Saltzman, Stephanie Rousso y Marguerite Timmermans.  Agradecemos también a la Sra. Josefina Cota por el uso de su alberca.  La directora del programa de verano, Jayna Schweitzer, está ya planeando el curso del próximo año, será muy divertido! 
Todos Santos Eco Adventures
La Poza & Las Palmas
Teatro Luna Azul
Theatre Workshops
Palapa Summer Camp Video
This year, the kids of the Palapa Summer Program had a lot of fun with all the different activities. They took two field trips to nearby nature trails, had swimming and surfing lessons, participated in a theater workshop, made ice cream, sang songs, made crafts... and played. A lot!
Click on the above video to check out our Summertime fun! 
Beca Success Story
Diego Bautista

Diego Bautista is a former Palapa Student of the Bridge to English Program and also, former beneficiary of the Beca Program. Upon graduation, he landed a job as a Naturalist Guide for Todos Santos Eco Adventures here in his hometown of Todos Santos, BCS, MX. 

This summer, Diego led our current Palapa students on an trip to Las Palmas Beach. It was such a pleasure having him as our guide. He was knowledgeable, well-spoken, and gave us an educational tour of the ecosystems in this location.
It was a great satisfaction to see one of our former students teaching and connecting with our current students. 

Stay tuned for future editions of our newsletter to hear his story...

Diego Bautista es alumno graduado del programa de Puente al Inglés, así como ex-becario de la Sociedad de La Palapa.  Al concluir sus estudios, se integró a Todos Santos Eco Adventures para trabajar como guía naturalista aquí en su pueblo natal de Todos Santos, Baja California Sur.

Este verano, Diego guió una excursión con nuestro grupo de verano a la playa Las Palmas.  Fué un gran gusto tenerlo como nuestro guía.  Compartió sus conocimientos de manera elocuente y nos ayudó a saber más sobre nuestros ecosistemas locales.  Fue una gran satisfacción ver a uno de nuestros ex-alumnos enseñando a y conectando con nuestros alumnos de hoy.

En una edición próxima tendremos un perfil más a fondo de Diego, no se lo pierdan! 
Field trip to Las Palmas led by Diego Bautista
The Palapa Society:
Funds Summer Special Education Courses
One of the students taking this course is Marius Pop, a child with Asperger’s who has been receiving assistance from The Palapa Society for socialization therapy in La Paz, but recently had become unable to go. His mother is very happy that this program is providing Marius with the same opportunity here in Todos Santos. But mostly, she’s thrilled Marius has grown so much in his ability to socialize with his peers in such a short period of time.
Lic. Maria Antonieta Peralta Delgado, Rosa Esthela Romos Garcia, and Leslie Gemally Castro Ramos are working with 33 students to support their language or communication needs. The first classes began on July 18th at Casa de Cultura and will continue until August 11, 2016.
As an educational organization, we feel this is an important area of need and qualifies for our financial assistance.  The Palapa Society of Todos Santos A.C. is pleased to announce funding to a special education program helping at-risk youth with communication and language skills. The students receiving this educational course are mostly from the Meliton Albanez and Miguel Hidalgo elementary schools in Todos Santos. These funds are from our Chino program and assist students with the cost of medications. The total amount we donated was $40,800 MXP.

Your continued support of The Palapa Society makes all these and many other efforts possible. Thank you!

La Sociedad de La Palapa de Todos Santos, A.C. tiene el gusto de anunciar la obtención de fondos para realizar un nuevo programa de educación especial enfocada hacia el desarrollo de aptitudes de comunicación y lenguaje con los jóvenes en situaciones de riesgo. Los jóvenes beneficiarios de este programa proceden de las escuelas primarias Melitón Albañez y Miguel Hidalgo en Todos Santos. Estos fondos son del Programa CHINO que ayuda a jóvenes con los costos de medicamentos. El total donado fue de 40 mil 800 pesos. Como organización educativa, creemos que esta es una área educativa prioritaria que requiere y amerita nuestro apoyo.
La Lic. Ma. Antonieta Peralta Delgado, Rosa Esthela Ramos García y Leslie Gemally Castro Ramos han estado trabajando con 33 alumnos en apoyo de sus habilidades comunicativas. Los cursos iniciaron el 18 de julio y culminan el 11 de agosto del presente año en la Casa de la Cultura Néstor Agúndez de Todos Santos.
Uno de los alumnos en el programa es el niño Marius Pop, que sufre de Aspergers y ha recibido asistencia de La Palapa para acudir a terapia de socialización en La Paz; sin embargo, hace poco se les hizo imposible ir. La mamá de Marius está muy contenta de que este programa le proporcione a Marius la misma oportunidad aquí en Todos Santos; pero lo que más le enorgullece son los avances que Marius ha mostrado en su capacidad de socializar con sus compañeros en tan poco tiempo.
El apoyo de todos ustedes a la Sociedad de La Palapa es lo que hace que este y muchos esfuerzos más sean posibles. ¡Gracias!
Saying Farewell and Good Wishes
A Fond Farewell: Donna Viglione
In late July, The Palapa Society wished Donna and Marc Viglione a fond farewell. For over 10 years Donna has dedicated herself to helping found, develop, and evolve our organization. She was involved in every facet of programs related to the educational needs of youth in Todos Santos.
Beginning in 2005 she developed and grew The Puente Program in order to teach English to local children during their summer vacation. In 2006 this program was officially renamed "Puente Hacia el Ingles,” (Bridge to English Class) and the summer classes were expanded to an after-school format. 
Throughout the years there hasn't been much she wasn't involved with and took a major role in many projects including the Historic Homes Tour, the Todos Santos Music Festival, Tiangius, and 5K Run as well as serving as Vice President for Outreach and ICF Liaison.  Donna also served as President of The Palapa Society in 2008-09. 
In 2011 Donna Viglione and Mario Surf School teamed up to start the three-week Water Safety Program. They knew there was a need to not only teach the kids of Todos Santos how to swim but also teach them safety techniques in and out of the water. 
Please join us in wishing Donna and Marc well in their new endeavors. They will always hold a special place in our hearts for their selfless giving and dedication to the community.

Donna Viglione: ¡Muchísimas Gracias y hasta pronto!

A finales de julio, la Sociedad de La Palapa se despidió de Donna y Marc Viglione, nuestros queridos amigos.  Por más de 10 años, Donna se dedicó de lleno a la fundación, desarrollo y evolución de nuestra organización.  Ella estuvo en toda y cada una de las fases de nuestro programa educativo para los jóvenes todosanteños.

En 2005 fundó el programa Puente al Inglés, con cursos de verano.  En 2006, el programa se formalizó como Bridge to English y creció como programa de inglés por las tardes durante el año escolar.

A través de los años ella ha sido una parte fundamental de todas nuestras iniciativas: el tour de casas históricas, el Festival de Música de Todos Santos, el Tianguis anual, la Carrera de 5K e infinidad más, además de fungir como directora de relaciones comunitarias y enlace con ICF.  Además, fue presidenta de la Asociación de 2008 a 2009.

En 2011, Donna Viglione y Mario Surf School juntos iniciaron el programa de natación segura, sabiendo de la necesidad de educar a los niños de Todos Santos en cuestiones de natación y de seguridad dentro y fuera del agua.

Les deseamos a Donna y Marc mucha suerte en su nuevo camino.  Ellos siempre tendrán un lugar muy especial en nuestros corazones por su generosidad, su entrega y dedicación a nuestra comunidad.
Palapa Society Donors
Our Donors are a key to our growth and success.
"We are grateful for the dedication and support!" 

July 2016

The Saltzman Foundation
Eleanor Andrews
How to Become a Donor

You to can become a part of our growing legacy here in Todos Santos
by donating to our Palapa Building Fund.
You can do a one-time contribution or make monthly donations. 

To donate online via ICF for a US Tax deduction,
click the "Please Donate Now" button below.

You can also donate in person or make a direct transfer to our bank in pesos or USD.
Make sure to select the corresponding account number depending on the type of currency you are using

For US DOLLAR Donations (USD):
The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. 
Account No.: 0171817345
Routing #: 12040001718173454
Bank Name: BBVA Bancomer
Branch Number: 5226 Todos Santos
Bank Address: Blvd. Benito Juárez, esq. Zaragoza s/n

Para donativos en PESOS / For PESO Donations (MXP):
Banco/Bank: BBVA Bancomer
Cuentahabiente/Account Name: The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. 

Cuenta No. 0171816063
CLABE Interbancaria: 12040001718173454

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