Dominican School Thank-You Notes

Dominican School Thank-You Notes
By Julius Ariail
Posted November 1, 2013

Christ Church recently received a packet of 24 thank-you notes from the Colegio Monte de la Transfiguración, the K-8 Episcopal school in El Pedregal in the Dominican Republic, the site of our mission field. The notes are from the children in the school who have received one of the 24 scholarships we donated for the 2013-14 academic year. Each scholarship is US$350, for a total of US$8,400. The funds for these scholarships came from the proceeds of the Dominican auction and dinner held on May 19, 2013, and from contributions from individual donors at Christ Church and from other congregations in several dioceses that take part in our annual mission trips, either on the “Home Team” or the Go Team.”

Each thank-you note has a cover letter with a photograph of one of the 24 children along with personal information about the child and the child’s family, along with an attached drawing or hand-written letter. The cover letter also mentions that this Episcopal school is an attractive alternative to the public schools in the large city of Jarabacoa, since the Episcopal school is located right in the middle of the village of El Pedregal while the public schools are two miles away with no public school bus transportation options. In the 2013-14 academic year, the Episcopal school has 88 students.

This school scholarship program is one of the major priorities of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, which has 28 schools in operation across the country. More information about this program with a downloadable brochure is available here. For more information, contact the Rev. Tar Drazdowski (229 242-5115; revtar@christchurchvaldosta.org).

Each thank-you note had a cover letter like this one with a photograph of the child who received one of our scholarships and some information about that child. Most of the information that would identify the child's family has been deleted from this scanned copy for purposes of posting online.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.

One of the thank-you notes from a child who received one of our 2013-14 scholarships.