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The Community of Nosara pitches in to make Santa Marta a Blue Flag School

article and photos By Samantha Pollock

School is out on the weekends, but this Saturday August 20 the campus at Santa Marta’s elementary school was alive with a flurry of activity. More than 100 people pitched in to help kick off the school’s ecological transformation. The event was part of the Adopt a Blue Flag School project spearheaded by Del Mar Academy’s Jessica Sheffield who is in charge of the schools ecological initiatives.

Del Mar Academy has partnered with the Nosara Civic Association and the Tourism Chamber of Nosara to help local public schools participate in the Ecological Blue Flag Program- a highly regarded nation-wide eco-label.

In an effort to meet the criteria necessary to receive an Ecological Blue Flag, Saturday’s participants helped to put a fresh coat of paint on the school’s exterior, plant trees, assemble a new swing set, prepare for a herb garden, create a recycling and composting station and much more. 
            
If the public schools in Santa Marta and Los Angeles are awarded the accolade they will be the first public schools in the district to do so. Eventually Sheffield, with the continued support of the community, hopes to reach out to all ten schools in the Nosara region and help them achieve the same goal.  

 
 

 

More Community News

Jacob Biopsy Revealed Terminal Brain Tumor
Family maintain hopes for future treatments

After weeks of agonizing anticipation Jacob Cameron and his Family have been given an answer. The growth found on the five-year-old’s brain stem was diagnosed as a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma tumor.

Bingo for a Cause

Spirits were high at Pancho’s Restaurant on Wednesday August 17th as friends, family and visitors gathered to show their support for Shanna Bombard. Six lively rounds of Bingo were played in order to raise funds for Shanna’s cancer treatment.

Special Profile Mother's Day
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Respect is key to contentment for Nicoyan mother of four generations

Simona Villegas Cortez is a mother to the superlative degree. She gave birth twelve times (six sons and six daughters) and has lived to see the birth of thirty grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and, last August, the birth of her first great-great-grandchild. Simona is content and proud to be the matriarch of such a large family because they all respect her and each other.

Fishing to Survive

It is 6 a.m. on a gloomy Pelada morning. Eliecer Lopez and Alejandro Mejia are trying to pull Chaday, their boat, into the ocean. Her old, blue body is having a hard time moving across the sand. After a few tries, finally she is by the water. Waves are slowly starting to hit her, yet they are not strong enough to embrace her.

Presidential House Responds –
Nosareños Peaceful March Cancelled

The peaceful march that was going to take place on July 25th in Nicoya was cancelled because, according to Marcos Avila, Nosara syndic, President Laura Chinchilla responded immediately to a letter sent at the end of the month of June by various local Development Associations.

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