Believing that the lack of secondary education contributes to inequality, drug abuse, prostitution, violence, and other societal problems, Gullette and school cofounder Rosa Elena Bello train Nicaraguans to teach in their own villages.
According to Gullette, the grant will be used to expand the programs and purchase additional chairs and curriculum, since an influx of 150 students raised enrollment to more than 700 within the past year.
Gullette said dozens of students walk up to 6 miles from their villages through the jungle to a bus that takes them to the school. Of the 500 graduates since the school’s inception in 2002, more than 60 percent are women. “I am so proud of them,” she said.
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SPORTS SUPPORTERS: Two couples, Christina and Michael Gordon of Brookline and Barbara and Frank Resnek of West Newton, have each made $1 million targeted gifts to the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston.
The money will help pay for a state-of-the-art athletic complex featuring an outdoor synthetic turf field, improved lighting, and upgrades to the Newton school’s indoor facility.
In addition, the school recently signed a long-term lease agreement with Valeo Futbol Club, a nonprofit youth soccer organization that will share access to the facilities. A dedication is planned for this spring when construction is complete.
PANMASS ROLES: Of the record $37 million raised for the fight against cancer by cyclists in this summer’s edition of the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, nearly $11.9 million was contributed through the efforts of 1,804 participants from area communities.
They were among the 5,234 cyclists from 36 states and nine countries who rode routes up to 190 miles to benefit patient care and research through the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund.
The PMC in August exceeded last year’s total by $2 million, a 5.7 percent increase. Since its inception in 1980, the PMC has contributed $375 million to the Jimmy Fund.
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