Unfortunately, ten students from Steven Mazujian Middle School tested positive for Covid last month along with their families. This required them to be quarantined in their homes for almost three weeks. Through your donations, the Spitler School Foundation staff made sure that the families had enough food to sustain them during this time. SSF sends our thoughts and well wishes to them in a speedy recovery.
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We recently learned that the Cambodian government has tentatively agreed to allow in-person classes to resume in early November. It has been a difficult 18 months, and there will be difficult months ahead as both teachers and students try to find the right levels for all the students who have received various levels and formats of learning. However, we commend our teachers and staff for their strength and motivation to continue to find ways to safely educate our students. Our staff and teachers truly have a heart and passion for providing the best opportunities possible for education.
We’ve shared over 15 years of success stories, yet we never tire of sharing more! Mou Mary was already 10 years old when we built the first buildings and started classes in 2006. She was an excellent student and was a member of our first sixth-grade graduation in 2010. We provided a sponsor for many of the students in that class, including Mary, to make sure they had what they needed to attend middle school.
Mary was one of five graduates from that year who not only finished middle school, but also graduated from high school. She then received assistance from a generous donor who contributed toward her college tuition, and Mary is almost completed with her college degree!
We are proud to announce that after a rigorous interview and testing process, Mary is joining our staff as an English teaching intern. She is a wonderful example of the impact that your donations have made on the lives of hundreds of children. She is giving back to her community and hoping to provide a bright future for these students.