|Students take their time to peruse books in their new library.|
|The building is in the RC School compound.|
|Thanks to the Calendar Girls, the library was possible.|
A much needed and most welcome addition to the San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School (SPRCS) is the library which now sits on their property much to the delight and use by its students.
On Friday, January 16th, SPRCS held open ceremonies to mark the occasion. The library, which comes at a cost of $17, 000 dollars was a donation to the school from the Calendar Girls. According to Miss April Eve Dirnback, the project included building, furniture, electrification, shelves and books. In an interview, Dirnback commented, “We have always been open to volunteering, to donation.”
As per the books now housed at the library, those were also made possible through donations from a charitable organization called “Books for Belize.” This organization is also spearheaded by Eve, in conjunction with her husband, Ross Dirnback of Ambergris Parts. Miss April explained that the group was launched with the help of Professors Louise and Joe Putmn from Austin Texas, USA. Through “Books for Belize” books ranging from Elementary Grades One through 10 are collected, packed and sent to Miami and then re-routed to Belize. The first set of books came in time for the inauguration of the library but a second set of books should be arriving within two weeks time.
According to Standard Six student of SPRCS, Deandra Kay, the completion of the school marks a joyous occasion. “It is indeed an exciting and joyous occasion for all of us at the school that finally it has come true because of wonderful people.” Dirnback ended, “It is such an honor to be a part of the community and to have this project completed. There is still more projects to come.”
With the library up and running, the next project that has started is the school cafeteria. According to Miss Novemeber Katy Eggert, 2008 Calendar Girl President, that project will cost $18,000 and will be completed in two weeks’ time.
Other future projects that the Calendar Girls would undertake are the installation of burglar bars on some of the school’s windows and doors, installation of picnic tables and the construction of a bodega.
Anyone wishing to make donation to the “Books for Belize” project can contact Eve or Ross Dirnback at Ambergris Parts or call them at 623-9962.