The GEO School focuses on Pre-K, K, and first grade (starting January 2020) high risk students chosen from three local elementary schools. The chosen families and students must adopt the school with their support. This is how to make the dream possible of higher level education for their children. The GEO School is a Spanish curriculum with an English immersion. Our goal is to change the trajectory for the future of our students by giving them a valuable education and diverse language skill.
You can make a difference for these students. All donations go to the school for operations. Any residual funds would assist in bringing more children into the school. No one is compensated for working with GEO. Any expenses incurred by volunteers assisting the school, or our operations, are self-funded. GEO is an ecumenical and faith based team of individuals putting the principles of their values to work for the impoverished children of Guatemala. While we may not be able to save the world, we can make an impact in the lives of the students in our school. Join us with your donations, or by contacting us to offer your talents and passions in other ways.
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cGEO IS HIRING! If you are interested in working as an English teacher at the Little Mountain School from January 2020 - October 2020, please contact us at email@example.com April 2019 Update: The School
We are excited about reaching the half-year mark of our second year! While we reflect on how much GEO has changed in such a short time period, and all the things to come, we are astounded by the growth and persistence of this organization.
The children at the school continue to grow academically, linguistically, and emotionally; as they are provided with education, nutritious meals, and lots of love.
An anonymous donor will be providing 45 pairs of shoes for the children in the month of May. Basic necessities like these are often hard for the children to come by. We know this donation will immediately improve their daily quality of life. On behalf of everyone involved in GEO we want to express our gratitude to this generous donor!
Father Dan, from Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary in Lexington, Kentucky, will be travelling with 2 Mary Queen teachers to our school in Guatemala in July. These teachers will have the opportunity to observe, teach, and offer English lessons within the community.
Father Miguel – El Camino
Father Miguel will be returning to Palencia, Guatemalan in June. He will stay for approximately a year, while continuing his work with GEO. When he returns to the United States, he is tentatively set to continue his work at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Versailles, Kentucky.
Father Miguel will be participating in El Camino in just a few short months. Please visit his website to help him fundraise! (All donations will go directly to our school in Guatemala.) www.walkforgeo.com
Board of Directors
Please join us in thanking Tom Hodge for his service to GEO as he transitions off our Board of Directors. We were lucky to have him as we began this project and we wish him all the best!
Travel to Guatemala
While Father Miguel is in Guatemala, he will be working to set up trips for anyone involved in GEO. These trips will include many stops at popular Guatemalan destinations, as well as a visit to the school. Father Miguel will be the designated guide for all these excursions. If you are interested, please contact GEO after June or keep an eye out for our next newsletter!
The Chairman of the Board, Forrest Day, will be travelling to Guatemala June 17-22nd. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in accompanying him. This trip includes a visit to the school and stays with the families of students.
On May 10th, we will have an informational meeting at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary in Lexington, Kentucky. If you are interested in sponsoring a child or becoming a board member, please attend. Please feel free to bring your mission team, parish members, or anyone interested in participating in the education of at-risk Guatemalan youth! Refreshments (wine, beer, soft drinks, and light snacks) will be provided. RSVP at email@example.com Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary 601 Hill N Dale Drive Lexington, Kentucky
As a reminder, GEO is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible!
November 2018 Update:
We have successfully finished our first year! We raised the money for additional classrooms and they are being constructed now!
We are in the process of raising money to continue funding teacher salaries and school meals. These funds will directly pay two Kentucky-based teachers in Guatemala and two Guatemalan teachers. They will also cover two nutritious meals each day for every student attending the school. Our goal is $40,000 for next year to keep the dream alive!
We will be hosting a welcome home party and fundraiser for Reina Slaymaker on December 14th at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church (3534 Tates Creek Road, Lexington) from 6:30pm - 9pm. All GEO supporters are invited to attend.
If you cannot attend the party but would like to contribute to the progress of our school, please donate! Donations can be submitted through the website by clicking the 'Donate' button, found several times on the left side of the page. Donations can also be mailed to: 3470 Tates Creek Lane, Lexington, Kentucky 40517. Please make checks payable to GEO, Inc.
The President of GEO, Father Miguel Alvizures, will be participating in El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a 550-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain. All donations made to Father Miguel will go directly to GEO. If you would like to learn more about his journey, please click here: https://geo550.org
September 2018 Update:
Our first class will be graduating in October!
We currently have 21 students learning English. The students just had a career day and now look to a better life, with your help.
Parents are staying vested in the school by cleaning the building and cooking for the children. The children are receiving two nutritious meals every day. Previously, they only received a tortilla and water.
Reina began teaching an evening class for community members.
Stay tuned for a welcome home reception and fundraiser for Reina, our state-based teacher!