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STEPH'S EDUCATION FUND, 2018-19

$70 of $1,100 goal

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SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 UPDATE.
Greetings from San Ignacio/Santa Elena, Belize, where Stephanie Garcia will begin her second year of high school at St. Ignatius in Santa Elena.

Actually, she started back to school two weeks ago for "review classes."

AS FOR THE $1,100  (U.S currency) goal for her second-year expenses, I've raised $600 -- more than half!

Of that amount I spent just north of $100 shopping in Guatemala, where things are cheaper at the markets, for items like her school bag, supplies like pens and pencils and pads and such, new dress shoes to go with the uniform and other shoes and socks needed for casual or special needs like the dance troupe she'll participate in.

I also spent $75 on three hefty new books and another $60 or so on workbooks and study guides. One of the nice things about the second year is that she has books I bought last year that she can use again this year or throughout the four years of high school.

Also, friends who are a grade ahead or two ahead of her gave her gave her books they won't be using anymore.

As I noted before, I paid $275 out of my pocket on her tuition back July. Between that and a government grant she'll receive and a little money held over from last year, the remaining balance for the school year is only $30 which I will pay next week.

So I've expended only $235 so far.

But, again, school doesn't officially start until the coming week. And as I've noted, it's the extracurricular expenses, field trips, meals, snacks and misc. costs that take big bites out of the budget -- some of which I cover out of my own pocket here and there.

So I do have a monetary stake in funding her education myself.

But I couldn't possibly put Stephanie through school without the continuing, generous donations of people like the following:

Kay Anderson, Carol Lusk Rowdoskas, Babe Watts, Cathy Gordon, Freda Marie Brown, Burke and Sarah Watson, Kevin and Marie Moran.

Also, Kevin Dietrich, Janis Beck, Sharon Miller, Cherie Nienstedt, Diane Flannery, Susan Leddy, Jered Cady, and Linda Novak.

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I am Paul McKay, a retired United Methodist Church deacon and writer who has been living in the twin cities San Ignacio/Santa Elena, Belize, for six years.

Last year, I raised money here at gofundme for funds to  educate 16-year-old Stephanie Garcia in her first year of high school.

Stephanie completed her first year at the Catholic St. Ignatius High School in Santa Elena with a 3.34 grade point average (84). 

That's especially impressive for a young lady who could barely read, write and speak English in her primary school years!

I've tutored Stephanie and her brother Felix, 13, for five years, and also paid all the costs of their educations, including tuitions, books, supplies, uniforms, meals -- everything.

However, high school in BZ is extremely expensive; not many kids are able to go to high school or complete the four years, much less advance to college. 

Last year, my many friends, loved ones and acquaintances helped me to raise more than $800 ($1600 BELIZE) for Stephanie's first year of high school.

I had guess-timated the $800 would cover the all the costs that I didn't pay and I had budgeted that amount. But I was woefully off!

Costs ran close to $1,300 with the many expenses I was unaware of popping up throughout the year (including 2 weeks of required summer school "review" for all!).

I recently paid $275 US ($550) Belize out of my pocket as a down payment for Stephanie's tuition for the second year, which covers all but the $40US balance I can pay anytime between now and mid-December.

Stephanie's school will also receive $150 in grant money from the government that reduces her tuition cost.

In short, ... tuition for Year 2 is covered.

But tuition, as I learned the hard way in the first year, is one of least of the expenses; other costs include:

-- material for uniforms (which Stephanie's mom is making)

-- dress shoes, casual shoes, special shoes for things like dance lessons for a parade dance troupe; also, I paid $100 for her to take dance lessons for the extracurricular dance troupe -- plus the costs of $20 t-shirts for three different annual parades and appearances at special events!

I vastly underestimated costs for extracurricular activities and field trips!

Other costs of course include the basics:

-- books, work books, supplies, lab fees
-- lunches and snacks 
-- all kinds of fees for exams and extra workbooks I was unaware of

-- and costs for special projects (Oh my--the bill for the Science Fair Project took a hit on my wallet)

-- special expenses for uniforms and projects for Cultural Week

-- and so much miscellaneous more

And so, I'm hoping to raise $1,100 (which is $2,200 in BZ currency) for the coming year.

Any amount of financial help I can get in educating Stephanie -- the big sister of my beloved adoptive daughter Paulita McKay  who is 5 and starting primary school soon at an Anglican school, will help.

AND NOW, a word about an alternative means of donating that, unlike gofundme, if free of gofundme's 5 percent fee for every donation! 

I learned last year that many people would rather send me a donation by my PayPal account to avoid those hefty fees. 

Via PayPal, which is easy to use, donations can be deposited directly to my Bank of America checking account. Every penny of dollar donated through PayPal goes to educating Stephanie -- with no fees deducted.


So please!!! If you are interested in donated directly into my bank account, email me at revpaulmckay@gmail.com -- or contact me on Facebook at Paul David McKay in Belize.

Whether through this gofundme account or PayPal, I want to offer thanks for your continued support or any donations from you--and for support from those who haven't donated and would like to this year!

Grace & Peace,

Paul & Stephanie
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SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 UPDATE.
Greetings from San Ignacio/Santa Elena, Belize, where Stephanie Garcia will begin her second year of high school at St. Ignatius in Santa Elena.

Actually, she started back to school two weeks ago for "review classes."

AS FOR THE US$1,100 goal for her second-year expenses, I've raised $600 of it at this point.

Of that amount I've just north of $100 shopping in Guatemala, where things are cheap at the markets, for things like her school bag, supplies like pens and pencils and pads and such, new dress shoes to go with the uniform and other shoes and socks needed for casual or special needs like the dance troupe she'll participate in.

I also spent $75 on three new books and another $60 or so on workbooks and such. One of the nice things about the second year is that she has books I bought last year that she can use again this year or throughout the four years of high school. Also, friends who are a grade ahead or two ahead of her gave her gave her books they won't be using anymore.

As I noted before, I paid $275 out of my pocket on her tuition back July. Between that and a government grant she'll receive, the remaining balance for the year is only $30 which I will pay next week.

So I've expended only $235 so far, but, again, school doesn't officially started until the coming week. And as I've noted, it's the extracurricular expenses, field trips, meals, snacks and misc. costs that take big bites out of the budget -- some of which I cover out of my own pocket here and there. So I do have a monetary stake in funding her education myself.

But I couldn't possibly put Stephanie through school without the continuing, generous donations of people like the following:

Kay Anderson, Carol Lusk Rowdoskas, Babe Watts, Cathy Gordon, Freda Marie Brown, Burke and Sarah Watson, Kevin and Marie Moran
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MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2018
Please note that even though I have set up this page, I'm taking most all donations through my PayPal account at my email address (contact me for that information).

That's because it is free of any fees: every $1 donated goes toward Stephanie's education.

I'll have an update on the donations given toward this 2nd-year goal of $1,100 soon, complete with receipts, at:
www.jitterbuggingforjesus.com
Many thanks and grace and peace,
Paul
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