Joe Rios - Fabio Gutierrez School

It’s time again to break out your dancing shoes and get ready for some fast and furious footwork as we celebrate SchoolBOX’s 10th Latin Fiesta event in Almonte. Ronald Chavarria, Director of Operations in Nicaragua, will be joiningAlmonte’s SchoolBOX community for the party at the Almonte Civitan Club on Saturday, October 3. The event will be sponsored by Equator Coffee and Bark Productions Inc. As in previous years, it promises to be a lively night of salsa fun and an incredible opportunity to reunite with the SchoolBOX community. Come out to learn how the “friendly town” is literally “Making Education Possible” for thousands of children by combatting poverty in Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in the Americas. With the aid of volunteers from across the USA and Canada, SchoolBOX has just completed its 70th classroom in Nicaragua.

SchoolBOX <> is a registered Canadian charity that helps children in Central America go to school. SchoolBOX partners with communities to build schools, establish mini-libraries, and provide school supplies to students and teachers. It also enlists the help of local and federal governments to ensure that the newly completed schools will be staffed by trained teachers. To date, SchoolBOX has provided 16,674 educational pack- ages to students and teachers in 89 communities across Nicaragua. By empowering communities with the gift of education, SchoolBOX is making a difference that will last for generations.

Once again, this year’s event will feature the red-hot jazz Latin fusion tunes of Azucar Jam <>. At 7:30 a dance demo and lessons will be offered, before we go hip-to-hip with some salsa dancing at 8pm. A silent auction table will be filled with tempting local and Central American items. The live auction will offer the opportunity to win three amazing prizes, which will include the works of two Almonte artists and a week’s stay at a home in Costa Rica.

Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students, and free for children under 13. They can be purchased in advance from Equator Coffee, Baker Bob’s or Hello Yellow in Almonte, and Read’s Bookshop in Carleton Place. Come home to this SchoolBOX hot spot on Saturday, October 3 and find out why salsa is more than just a sauce!