by Molly Lou Freeman, Lead Teacher
In August 2015, The Sierra School was gifted a tremendously generous grant from the United States Foundation for Community Betterment to ship our school library and materials (as well as our personal, family and household affairs) to Mexico. The shipment of 40 boxes consisted mostly of over 1,000 books, many of which were donated by the International School of Paris. It took almost half a year, long negotiations, the tremendous patience and skilled insistence of Fabrice Serrière, our maths teacher, financial controller and Sierra School Co-Director, my tears at the director of customs office in La Paz , the professional guidance and strategy of French honorary Consul Cédric de la Chapelle, and more than one Mexican importer for our shipment to finally arrive by pick-up to The Sierra School this Saturday, 6th February 2016. The boxes were torn and battered, taped and jumbled. Every one of them had been opened and searched. Nothing had been taken. Everything we shipped arrived: French chocolate, soccer balls, teaching materials, teacher resources, books, and books and books... We have our stuff! We have a library for our school! (Now we just need to get the library shelves!) DHL did not counsel us on how to import by air into Mexico. But along this long and weary cargo voyage, it became evident even to the most rigorous and uncompromising aspect of Mexican government, that we are working with great commitment to promote the International Baccalaureate and offer an educational future to young Mexicans and international students in Todos Santos, BCS.
Students and teachers edited this blog since January of 2018.