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Drainage Project at SMMS (4)

Ushering Out Flooded Campuses

Many of you who have followed our schools over the past decade know of the annual rainy season, and the difficulties it brings to rural communities and our schools. The water takes its toll on our campuses, which requires us to undertake regular infrastructure maintenance. Over the years we have shared stories and photos of our donors helping support our students and schools with road construction, drainage pipelines, and sandbags. During one extremely high flood year, families could not even leave their homes to reach food markets. We then coordinated the delivery of hundreds of pounds of rice to our students and their families.

Past flooding at Spitler School

While we would always prefer to apply our dollars directly into the classrooms, occasionally we simply must address the issue of a lot of water coming in a short period of time. Luckily, Spitler School and Kurata School are situated on higher elevation, so that we can manage the situation with truckloads of fill dirt every few years. Stephen Mazujian Middle School, however, sits in a lower area and is more prone to flooding. This year, we committed to a drainage project which we believe will be a longer-term solution to protect the middle school buildings, and to help protect our students and staff from diseases arising from standing water.

We are grateful to our donors who continue to support all aspects of providing a quality education for the children attending Spitler School, Kurata School, and Stephen Mazujian Middle School.

Dirt offload at Spitler School and recent work on SMMS drainage projects

In the Spotlight: Mr. Ros Bunthoeun

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Ros Bunthoeun to our Spitler School Foundation, Cambodia staff. He comes to the Spitler School Foundation with ten years of experience in education with a MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages), and he was most recently working with orphan children in Phenom Penh.  In addition to teaching classes himself, Bunthoeum now oversees the English program at both the middle school and high school and handles administrative duties at all our schools. He also brings experience in areas such as sports, health education, and music.  Bunthoeum’s wife is also in education, and they have two children. Please join us in welcoming him to the team.

Bunthoeun teaching students

In the Spotlight: Teacher Loun Poley

In 2015, Spitler School was fortunate to hire Mr. Loun Poley as an English teacher at Spitler School. Mr. Poley now does double duty by teaching English at Spitler School for half of the school day and teaches English at Stephen Mazujian Middle School for half the day. He is also instrumental in helping our other English teachers with their English skills and lesson plans. Mr. Poley is known for making his classes fun and interactive.

Like many of our students, Mr. Poley was born in rural Cambodia, where his parents were hard-working farmers. Although many farming parents require their children to work the farm instead of school, Mr. Poley’s parents valued education and supported Mr. Poley’s efforts to pursue his dream of learning. He worked hard at numerous jobs to fund his education, and eventually was able to work and study at Florida International University in the USA. He then returned to Cambodia, connected with Spitler School, and is now applying his skills to improving the lives of hundreds of children every day.

Mr. Poley is married to Phally, who is also an English teacher, and they have a 6-year-old daughter. Mr. Poley has recently begun to study for his master’s degree in English.

THANK YOU, Mr. Poley for your hard work, dedication to your students, and sharing your passion and talent with others.