PRIZE DAY 2016

We just celebrated Prize Day again, giving out prize books to the two best students in each grade of the Primary School of Nueva Granada. Time has flown by and so, like last year, the prizes were for the school years of 2014 and 2015.

Like the Prize Day before, it was a small party, just for the school children and their families. There were skits and songs and poems to celebrate and it started with the entrance of the flag of Guatemala and the flag of Nueva Granada and the national anthem.

The director, teacher and computer teacher at the school. And with doña Angela.

The outstanding students in 2014 were:

Primero: Julio Santiago y Saida Karina

Segundo: Franklin Jeremias y Carlos Salvador.

Tercero: Nancy Karina y Lesbia Floricelda.

Cuarto: Yerali Natalia y Evelyn Raquel.

Quinto: Jonatan Antonio y Edgar Octavio.

Sexto: Silvia Roxana.

The outstanding students in 2015 were:

Primero: Estefany Dayana

Segundo: Darlyn Marisol y Saida Karina

Tercero: Carlos Salvador y Franklin Jeremias

Cuarto: Nancy Karina y Lesbia Floricelda

Quinto: Yeeraly Natalia y Evelyn Raquel

Sexto: Edgar Octavio y Jonatan Antonio

Then the performances began....

 
     
 

 
     
 

 
     
 

 
     
 
 

There was a raffle with colorful pencils and erasers, with some Swatch watches, tote bags, and with a Rainforest frog,

The breaking of three piñatas--Angry Bird, Pepa Pig, and Spiderman --was very exciting as always. Daniel knows how to make it easy for the little ones and difficult for the big boys!! Afterwards there was Pollo Campero and sodas for everyone.

Going home with the piñatas.

Prize Day 2014 for the Primary School

This year we had two grades to give prizes to, the classes of 2012 and 2013. And we changed the size of the party to a smaller, simpler one – this year the party was only for the primary school children and their parents.

As there are fewer little children on the farm, the elementary school has been reduced in size, and, in the big party--which included everybody from our large secondary school to the daily workers from the nearby town--the little school children were paid less attention to. This new format worked well.

It included, as always, the flags of Guatemala and Nueva Granada, the National Anthem, lots of skits and dances, declamations and just silliness.

It included a children's raffle of bending rulers and curlicue pencils, two swatch watches, crazy erasers, and, of course, presents for the teachers—Delia and Jessica, our computer expert—and for Ilsa and Doña Angela who help organize everything every day!

The party for the farm team will be later in the year and at the yellow-roofed kiosko (or folly) high on the mountainside.

































Our Best Students


Friends





Prize Day and End of the Crop Party 2012

 
     
 

Every year we have a party to celebrate the best students in each grade, the end of the school year and the end of the crop time.

Then everyone gathers in the decorated school rooms for the national anthem and the presentation of the flag.

The children dance, act in skits and recite. At the end we give a prize to each of the best and second best students in each grade.

Then the team of men and women who supervise the field work, drive the trucks and tractors, and run the office, are recognized.

We have raffles and prizes, then the children break the piñatas filled with candies.

At the end of the morning, the farm offers lunch.



The Children of "Escuela Nueva Granada"

 

 

The decoration

Our prize-winning students


And our team at the farm.

 

 

A NEW TEACHER AND BOOKS THAT WERE NEW IN JANUARY

Directora: Hellen Bacama, Maestra: Karla Gonzalez, Computer Teacher: Jennifer Guzmán.

Teachers danced too!

 

 

The Piñatas

Setting up the piñata

 

 

 

2011



The Children of "Escuela Nueva Granada"

 

The decoration

Our prize-winning students


And our team at the farm.

 

 

The three teachers, Luisa Hortensia Morán Villatoro, Helen Michelle Bacama Escobar y Jennifer Anabella Guzmán Sánchez

 

 

The piñatas

 

We had company at the party: Professor Jorge Ochoa of Funcafé, biologists Jorge Jiménez and Rosario Rodas, the forestry expert Luis Eduardo Velasquez and Padre Freddy the priest from El Tumbador

2010


The party begins with ordering the piñatas, the candy for the piñatas and Pollo Campero for lunch.. As always we had four pinatas and here they are on their way to the school.

The Children of "Escuela Nueva Granada"

There was always someone to help

The school was decorated with a map of the farm and the costumes were ready.

The three teachers, Mayra Elisa Velazquez Ardiano, Helen Michelle Bacama Escobar Y Nancy Dalila Sánchez Díaz

Nature was the subject of two skits

A traditional dance
More skits
The prize winning students
The team of the farm
The piñatas

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The innauguration of the secondary school begin with the 7th grade, in january 2009.

This year we started 8th grade, and next year we will start 9th grade. This is a project we are doing together with the government and Funcafe. Our obligation is to build the school and equip it. The program is called “Telesecundaria” and has been successful in rural areas. We have begun with 19 young people in 7th grade from three neighboring farms as well as our own.

Every year in May we have a party to celebrate the best students in each grade and the end of the school year and the end of the crop time.

The school celebration begins with the excited breaking of piñatas filled with candies.

Then everyone gathers in the decorated school rooms for the national anthem and the presentation of the flag.

The children dance, act in skits and recite. At the end we give a prize to each of the best and second best students in each grade.

Then the team of men and women who supervise the field work, drive the trucks and tractors, and run the office, are recognized.

We have raffles and prizes.

At the end of the morning, the farm offers lunch.

 
 
 
Our Best Students

Our teachers


Don Gustavo is the administrator who oversees everything. Ilsa, the CFO who runs the office and does all the financial work. Edgar is the man in charge of the field work. Daniel oversees and controls the beneficio and the careful processing of all the coffee.

Our extremely important farm team

The secondary school classroom was also inaugurated

With the blessing of Padre Freddy

An award to Jorge from Funcafé for his help with the school

And the bigger students joined in with their dances

Others watched

And afterwards lots of portraits were taken -- here are a few

    

We built a “folly” on a hill in “Monte Cristo”

Our highest, newest piece of land—the “folly” is actually a small, open kiosko. Early in January 2009 we dedicated it to the memory of don Polo Lam, an engineer whose father immigrated from China. Polo Lam built the wet mill of the farm years ago and was a hardworking, honest, immensely talented and unassuming man who helped the farm progress and prosper. 37 members of his family came from El Tumbador and Quetzaltenango for a barbeque, a blessing from El Tumbador’s Belgian priest, Padre Freddy, and a day on a hill! It was truly a lovely day up high.

The Lam Family

 

 

We were all year younger.

THE BEST STUDENTS
 
Don Gustavo, the administrator. The teachers--Tatiana, Julietta and Cecelia(computers). And the farm office administrator and CFO, Ilsa, with her assistant, Cindi, who oversee the school, take care of the library and run our small scholarship program for graduates.
After a few competitions between parents, prizes were given out for the best guesses of the total coffee crop and total macadamia crop. Small cash awards were given for the nearest estimate of the coffee crop in each of the 25 sections of the farm. Finally there were two raffles for adults and a raffle for preschoolers of a Rainforest Alliance frog.
The rain began and Ilsa and Cindi gave out Pollo Campero and sodas. Everyone headed home.
 
 
We ended 2007 on a very happy note, with a special santa and his brigade of international friends coming to the farm:.
 

 

They came to see where Nueva Granada coffee was produced but brought books, including dictionaries, atlases, and flash cards for the school. There were bright presents for the students.

 

Then they went to see the crop that was already picked and stored in parchment form in the warehouse

 

 

 

And then they helped pick the coffee. Here are the fastest coffee pickers of the group!

 

 
 
 
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