SHUMLA Seeks Emergency Support to Provide
for Del Rio Fourth Graders
Since 2003, fourth grade students in the San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District (SFDRCISD) have participated in SHUMLA education programs. Each year, fourth grade classes have attended Knowledge Enriching Youth (KEY) programs. These discovery-learning programs are both exciting and serve to make learning more accessible for students from this border school district.
SHUMLA's canyons make an inspiring backdrop for any lesson.
For the first time in the program's history, SHUMLA may not be able to offer KEY programs for Del Rio fourth graders. State budgetary cuts have eliminated the SFDRCISD funds required to maintain SHUMLA's yearly contract, and several foundations have turned down SHUMLA grant proposals, citing the increased pressure of higher-than-normal volumes of applications.
Students participate in native plant study on SHUMLA's campus.
Stalwart SHUMLA supporters such as the Bank and Trust, the Val Verde Community Foundation, several foundations from Houston and a few private donors have all given generously, but SHUMLA is $40,000 short of its funding goal.
Fourth graders practice ancient fire starting techniques.
To ensure that SHUMLA can meet its commitment to these students, staff is reaching out to foundations and private donors, including eNews readers, for assistance. Any donation can have an impact, so SHUMLA asks that you give generously to support these students.
Readers of the eNews are encouraged to read these letters from students.