Mayatan Under Construction: Athletic Court and Auditorium Project
While our students generally enjoy time spent outdoors, at times the Honduran climate can make outdoor activity – to put it nicely – difficult. The fierce tropical sun frequently lifts temperatures into the 80s and 90s; relief from its heat comes more often in the form torrential downpours than gentle cloud cover.
Lacking a protected environment, these conditions can make PE classes and sports practices – to put it less nicely – unbearable. Same for events like musical and theatrical performances, assemblies, and school-wide celebrations. A little bit of protection could provide a lot of relief.
For three years, the Mayatan Parent’s Association has raised money toward a solution: a roofed outdoor court, to be used as a multipurpose athletic court, assembly grounds, and performance space. Committed parents hosted raffles, soccer tournaments, bake sales, and even a popular bingo night to help raise funds for the project.
Despite their efforts, the money they had raised still wasn’t quite enough to fund the whole project. In April, the Mayatan Foundation decided to pitch in to cover the remainder of the budget, and in June ground was broken on the Athletic Court and Auditorium project. Progress has been rapid, and construction is set to finish by the start of the school year on August 28th.
In addition to installing a tall roof, the project also expands the size of the athletic court, used for basketball, soccer, and volleyball. An elevated stage is being built on one side of the court, along with a utilities closet, bathrooms, and changing rooms. Finally, a protective wall will be placed around the court, removing the danger from a once-precarious dropoff.
Parents, students, and teachers alike are excited to have a new, safe space to play sports and host school-wide events. Thank you to Mayatan parent Julio Valladares, who has led the Parent’s Association’s fundraising activities. We’ll update you on the project as construction continues.