Richland Center - Santa Teresa Sister City Project
The Sister City Project works with students, parents, teachers and local officials to improve educational access at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels.
School construction and repair
SCP cooperates with the Nicaraguan
Ministry of Education to make improvements in school facilities. In
2017, with SCP funding the construction materials, La Poma community
members built a new preschool. Thanks
to a donation from the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers/Madison, a
school kitchen is being built at the La Chota elementary school.
Supplementing school lunches
Basic nutrition is provided
by the Nicaraguan government, and mothers from the community take turns
cooking a hot meal at lunch time. SCP provides supplemental support.
The diet includes rice, beans, and plátanos, with the addition of local
School supplies for elementary school students
Packets of school supplies are
provided for each of the preschool and elementary school children and
their teachers in the five Chacocente schools, La Chota, El Terrero,
Escalante, La Poma and El Papalón. In recent years, over 200 packets have been delivered annually. Additional equipment and supplies are provided as budget
priorities are identified. In 2017 the classrooms received dictionaries,
maps, natural science posters and text books.
Scholarships for secondary school students
The Chacocente village schools
only go through sixth grade. Twenty-five to thirty graduating students
receive SCP scholarships of up to $200 each year to encourage
their continuation to secondary school. All scholarship students must
maintain a grade average of 80% or greater in their courses. The number
of students has grown since the program began in 2011. Graduates from
recent years are in college classes, with plans to work as nurses and
teachers. For details, contact SCPscholar@gmail.com
Academic Excellence Award
In each of the past 3 years, SCP has given awards of up to $500 to
the two scholarship students graduating from secondary school with the
highest grade averages. This is to help them continue their education in
college or technical school. Two of our early recipients have
graduated from nursing programs and are working in the communities.