School supplies to the Cristo Rey School, Aug. 20, 2013
Cristo Rey is a new neighborhood north and west of Playa del Carmen that has been recently carved out of the jungle. Parents there have built a school of cinder blocks and sticks for 150 students and the federal government provides student teachers for their staff. These university students live in one room of the school and are fed by the parents in return for discounted tuition for the rest of their education.
This school needed a lot so the KKIS Project decided to simply provide boxes and boxes of school supplies that could be distributed to students as needed. We packed two SUVs full and started out to deliver.
School had begun the day before and classes were finished for the day by the time we arrived, but the kids had stayed waiting for us. They helped unload the trucks and piled the supplies on tables in front of the school. A line of boys formed behind the tables marveling at what they saw. There were boxes of colored pencils, notebooks, geometry sets, pens, pencils and much more. Eventually each child was given a brightly colored notebook and the photo session began.
I heard later that the newly elected city government had delivered a huge truck load of cinderblocks so that more classrooms could be built.