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Playa Hermosa School Back Pack Program 2016

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Newsletters, Playa Hermosa

The Playa Hermosa School Back Pack Program 2016 was a rousing success but the good things happening at the School do not stop there.

Stepping onto the grounds of the Playa Hermosa School yesterday you notice the improvements right away.  Four years ago there was basically one classroom and a basic lunch room.  There are now 44 students and 3 more are signing up according to the School Principal.

Playa Hermosa School Back Pack Program 2016

Now they have multiple classrooms, an official lunch room and sports court and a new room for the kindergarten students.  At this moment all the walkways between the classrooms are being covered so that students will be covered from both sun and rain while they go between classes or just socialize and be kids.  Suffice it to say the school is a place the kids will be happy to come and will be comfortable to study in.

Playa Hermosa School Back Pack Program 2016


The community of Playa Hermosa has played the major role in this transformation spearheaded by the Playa Hermosa Resident’s Association Education Committee currently headed by Carrie Enfield and long time community volunteer and fundraiser Gary Lundquist.

Today was the presentation ceremony of the Playa Hermosa School Back Pack Program 2016.  Started years ago by Gary Lindquist and other volunteers as a way to help the poorest kids to have the school supplies and uniforms needed for the school year.  So now every year the Playa Hermosa Residents Association Education Committee accepts donations to purchase each kid in the school a brand new Back Pack filled everything they need to start the new school year.

RE/MAX  has been involved since the beginning with the School Back Pack program giving generously and asking our clients to give as well.  Check out the video below to see the results of everyone’s hard work and generous support.

Thank you everyone who contributed.  The kids really appreciate it!

‘Tis the Season

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Newsletters

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 83

 Here we are again coming up on the holidays and all there is to say is ‘Tis the Season!

Tis the Season

As most of you know, Michael Simons’ BIG annual Party went down this last Sunday and as always it was the BASH OF THE YEAR!  Nothing like spending quality time eating and drinking with 600 of your best friends.  Check out the video of the party here

This year – instead of bringing a bottle of wine or booze – everyone brought new toys to give to the Toys for Tots program sponsored by the Guanacaste Veterans Association and the Marine Corp League of Costa Rica.  When it was all said and done hundreds of toys were collected and given to the less privileged kids of the local area.  It was such a success that Toys for Tots will become a fixture at Michael Simons annual party.

Here is the thank you letter sent out to all those that helped in the Toys for Tots effort:

Hi All

A big thank you to all who were involved in the Costa Rican Marine Corps League Toys for Tots program and implemented in the Guanacaste area by the Guanacaste Veterans Association. Thank you to everyone who donated toys and money for this worthwhile project.  

We successfully provided toys and snacks to three schools, two day care facilities and an orphange. It was a rousing success to put it mildly.  

Let me start by thanking the Toys for Tots committee of Debbie, Larry, Nancy, Lee Rhea, Chip and Dan.  Thank you for your hard work and devotion to the Project.  You guys were just awesome. 

Another thanks to Dan for his unending support of the Guanacaste Veterans Association and providing us a place for sorting, staging and storing the toys, as well as, storage for all of the food.  

Next, thank you to all of  the organizations that allowed us to put a collection box in their place of business.  A very special thank you to Micheal Simons of RE/ MAX for his effort in providing us with hundreds of toys. 

Thank you to Tico Bakery for providing us with cupcakes free of charge for our parties at the schools. 

Last, but certainly not least, a thank you to one of our members, Rusty Norman, also a member of the Costa Rican Marine Corps League for introducing us to the Toys for Tots Project. 

His encouragement and faith in us to make the project go was most helpful.

Thanks, Lee

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Speaking of local kids – This week we threw a big BBQ party at the Playa Panama Cacique Grade School.  The kids just finished classes prior to going to Christmas Break.  You know kids love a good Burger, Chips and of course a big bag of candy to top it off.  Check out the video of the party here

So when you are shoveling snow in your driveway so your house guests can come and drink egg nog next to the Christmas Tree – Think about kicking back with us down in Pura Vida land and meeting new friends and creating new traditions.  Tis the Season – Costa Rica style.


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