We are the Show Me Costa Rica project, coming to you from St. Louis, Missouri! We work with students with incredible potential who have already shown high amounts of growth and academic achievement in their schools. Our mission is multi-faceted: we want to bring our students’ educations to life outside of the classroom, while simultaneously showing them that with a plan and a lot of hard work, anything is possible. We are showing our students from inner-city St. Louis that they arenot at-risk. They are at-promise of achieving incredible things and making significant change in their communities. This year-long leadership program helps students push past their fears, grow as confident individuals, and it ultimately culminates in a 9-day trip to Costa Rica where students see their classrooms come to life. Throughout this year the students will attend public-speaking workshops, swim lessons, spanish classes, and even ecology events to ensure that they will get the most out of their time in Costa Rica.
I have selected 11 outstanding students, and we are going through a tour company called Education First. Throughout the course of the year we must raise a little more than 17,000 to ensure that each student is able to go. We are fundraising in a variety of ways, such as selling coffee, t-shirts and bracelets, working at 6 Flags and St. Louis Blue’s games, and even holding out-of-uniform days at our school. The money raised through gofundme will fill in the gaps of those other fundraisers and it will allow the students to focus even more time on the “learning aspect” of the program.