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#217335 - 05/08/03 03:49 PM Caye Caulker Elementary School needs your help!  

Fellow messageboarders:

The Caye Caulker Elementary School needs your help!

The CCES is wanting to open a library for its schoolchildren. However, there is a severe shortage of books: namely, reference books (such as encyclopedias, science books, geography books, teacher's manuals, etc.), activity books such as those sold in the dollar stores in the U.S., with math, science, language activities for children (these would be used to provide extra-curricular school work for children), any type of reading materials for elementary school aged children, and any other types of books or materials that would assist both teachers and schools in enabling a better learning environment for the children.

In this respect, I am asking each messageboarder that lives in the U.S. (or elsewhere) to kindly visit your nearest thrift shop or local book store, purchase a box of relevant books, and kindly donate the books (together with the
shipping) to the Caye Caulker Elementary School Library Project.

Any donations are very much appreciated. You can contact me directly at Please mail the donated books to the following address:

Wendy Auxillou
Caye Caulker Elementary School Library Project
P.O. Box 51
Caye Caulker, Belize
Central America

I will pay to clear the books out of customs, and will deliver the books to the elementary school.

Please help to support a worthwhile project for the children of Caye Caulker.

My personal goal is to gather 10,000 relevant books. Please help if you can.

Thanks a bunch!

Wendy Auxillou

#217336 - 05/08/03 07:07 PM Re: Caye Caulker Elementary School needs your help!  

Books for children are needed all over Belize, so if you find yourself in an area other than Caye Caulker then you could still
donate books to the local school.

There is no custom duty on books here in Belize, just write 'Books' on the custom form when shipping.

Thanks in advance.

#217337 - 05/19/03 03:55 PM Re: Caye Caulker Elementary School needs your help!  

Hi Wendy,
I did this for the CC school right after the hurricane and arranged for boxes of stuff from my groups and people off the web. I worked with Ms. Heredia and the asst principal. I did one for Monkey River school last year and we took about 10 boxes from teachers. I will be glad to arrange this through my groups for next year, I think I will have at least one or two teacher groups. Last year, they each brought an old suitcase and between Karen, Shelley and I we stored it and got it down to Monkey River a couple months ago. I will talk to you about this when I am in CC next month. Also, you may want to post this to the Ambergris Caye website and Belize Forums. I got some good help from a general post also.

#217338 - 05/19/03 09:07 PM Re: Caye Caulker Elementary School needs your help!  

If you pack books into big 18 gallon boxes with snap on lids -Rubbermaid is best $9 at Venture- you can send them Fedex Ground for less than US$15 a box to Hyde Shipping in Fla. They ship every Thurs arriving Mon. and charge about another US$15 a box to send them on to Belize City. This is much better for us than waiting for months and getting helpers to lug 50 lb suitcases. The best deal on Hyde is a group of six boxes for about US$85. The boxes hold a lot of books and are useful dry storage on their own at the school. If you want to try this I can help -my Email is

#217339 - 05/19/03 10:22 PM Re: Caye Caulker Elementary School needs your help!  

I just had a better idea. Ship books fedex ground to Hyde Shipping and I will pay the Miami to CC Elementary part myself. E mail me first please so some one will be there for Customs.

#217340 - 05/20/03 11:07 AM Re: Caye Caulker Elementary School needs your help!  

Keycocker's suggestions are excellent and the offer to help with freight from Miami is very welcomed. The school needs all the help it can get. It is a very worthwhile project for the children of our village. My one request would be that those that contact keycocker with donation offers please do me the favor to copy the correspondence to me as well at to avoid a duplication of efforts, duplication of books, and to minimize confusion.


#217341 - 05/23/03 04:32 PM Re: Caye Caulker Elementary School needs your help!  


How about you and your sisters engage in a friendly challenge with keycocker and match the offer to pay freight. Every other box of books???

#217342 - 05/23/03 07:37 PM Re: Caye Caulker Elementary School needs your help!  

We have my Mom working on a few boxes from her church. There is a lot of unused childrens books out there. The trick is to hit the right garage sale,tell them the deal,and get great discount on a whole trunkful. There are a lot of remaindered books out there too on tables in stores.
Duplicate books no problem. Books checked out of elementary school libraries often don't come back.

#217343 - 05/23/03 09:54 PM Re: Caye Caulker Elementary School needs your help!  

Hi Challenge:

I challenge YOU to have a friendly challenge with keycocker. How about paying for every other box? I am already doing a lot, and we need all the help we can get, monetarily and otherwise.


#217344 - 05/29/03 02:40 PM Re: Caye Caulker Elementary School needs your help!  

keycocker, thanks a lot for all your help. I have one family that is set to contact you regarding sending a few rubbermaid containers of books. They have been sending books by snail mail, but I forwarded your suggestion to them. The last name of the family is Bunnell. You will probably hear from Mari-Kim.


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