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The School Bells are Ringing Again

It has been a strange year for everyone, but it has been especially hard on school age children around the world. 

At Spitler School and Stephen Mazujian Middle School we are glad that all of our students are now able to attend some classes in person. However, in an effort to adhere to social distancing, class size is limited to one-third capacity. That means that each student attends classes in person only two of the normal six days.  Additionally, checking temperatures, wearing masks, and hand sanitation are now a standard practice. 

It is a difficult time to be a student and a teacher, but we believe that students are continuing to learn, even in this trying environment. 

Temp checks and masks at the school entrance
Handwashing station

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to two recent graduates who are both members of the Spitler School family. Vahn Sok Kein was one of our original teachers in 2005. She taught kindergarten for many years, and has served as a teacher, teacher mentor, bookkeeper and office manager. She also serves as a coach with our partner organization, Kids Play International. Vahn Sok Kein completed three years of university study with a degree in Accounting, in addition to being a busy wife and mother.

We would also like to congratulate Chea Sarin’s daughter, Sarin Vitee, on her graduation from 6th grade.  Danny and Pam Spitler were lucky and privileged to be visiting Sarin and Mary in November of 2008 when Vitee was born. We have watched Vitee grow into quite an intelligent young lady. She already speaks great English, and we are excited about what the future holds for Vitee.

Food Distribution Continues

We are lucky to have some amazing donors to allow us to help our students and families during these difficult times with multiple food distributions over the past few months. Covid-19 not only threatens the health of our students, but also the livelihood of their families—causing a struggle to bring food to the table. Through the help of several of our donors, we have been able to provide basic food items to at least 185 families. Each family received a 25/kg bag of rice, and various other items including eggs, noodles and cooking oils. We are especially grateful to Edward and Penny Flahive, John Pinette and Richard Tan, whose generous donations allowed us to continue this program after our initial distribution.