Did you know it costs money to attend high school in Baja? The Mexican education system supports students up to grade 9 and after that there is a cost – approximately $300 US per student per year. That may not sound like much but if your family lives in a small fishing village like La Ventana/El Sargento, it can be quite challenging to support your son or daughter for three years of high school. Many mothers work part-time as housekeepers to try and supplement the family’s income. The fathers are mostly fishermen with limited income and without help, some very bright and motivated young people do not have the opportunity go on to higher learning.
The Kiteboarder and Tim Hatler of Palapas Ventana, organizer of the annual La Ventana Classic, are proud supporters of Amigos de Alumnos. Past fundraising efforts have benefited the program but for 2016, all proceeds from the event will benefit the local high school scholarship fund.
The photo of the six youngsters leading this announcement shows the kids who will be starting high school this August. The students’ stories are varied: One girl lost her father this past year and one boy’s father died the year before. So far, five of the scholarship students have graduated from high school. Two of them are attending college in La Paz and studying business management and nursing. True success stories!