On day 3 of Castaway, Positive Legacy and sixty Zac Brown fans set out on an adventure with a mission to give back to the local community. Thank you to all of you who joined us for our day of service at the school, Onda Encantada. Together with the students, parents and teachers we worked on school improvements, played games, enjoyed live music and dined on a delicious, locally prepared meal.
Our team built four educational gardens for the students then worked together with them to plant fruit and vegetable seeds. The students will maintain these gardens and come harvest time they will have some cooking lessons as well. We also began two projects to improve the school’s playground. A few of the volunteers collaborated on building a kid-sized train. Others worked to jackhammer through the limestone to set the holes for the installation of the school’s new swing-set. These projects were completed by the Positive Legacy volunteers that visited the school shortly after our visit.
The teachers, students, and parents at Onda Encantada were overwhelmed with gratitude by the progress we made during our Day of Service. They say that the imprint we made on the children’s lives will be everlasting!
Silent Auction & Live Auction
We are thrilled to announce that the Positive Legacy Live and Silent Auctions raised $42,000! Proceeds from the auction will fund our environmental and humanitarian projects such as our scholarship program for low-income families to send their children to Onda Encantada, our primary school partner in Tulum.
Featured items from our auction will also benefit Camp Southern Ground, the 501(c)(3) non-profit started by Zac Brown. As a former camp counselor himself, Zac Brown knows the positive impact that summer camp can have on a child. Camp Southern Ground provides children in the United States of all different backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to attend summer camp and enjoy the great outdoors! It was our pleasure to be able to partner with such an impactful and uplifting organization.
Thank you to all of you that bid on and purchased auction items. Positive Legacy depends on donors like you to help us as we continue our mission to integrate music and service. Together we can make this world a better place for through the power of music!
Positive Legacy is pleased to be working with Zac Brown Band & Camp Southern Ground. Camp Southern Ground’s mission is to operate a camp to allow children to overcome academic, social and emotional difficulties so they may reach their full potential and provide the tools necessary to achieve excellence in all facets of their lives. Camp Southern Ground serves children from all backgrounds, races and religions with a special focus on those young people with neurobehavioral needs; at risk populations and children from military families.
Positive Legacy was amazed by the amount of Zac Brown fans who supported the cause by donating school and medical supplies during the event! Your contributions made up 12 large boxes of items. We delivered these much needed supplies to Onda Encantada on our day of service. There were so many supplies that Onda Encantada has been able to share supplies with many schools and medical centers in the Tulum and Yucatan regions. Your contributions have made a strong impact on the area and for that we thank you!
On day two of Castaway, Brett Dennen entertained fans and supported Positive Legacy by hosting a lively and fun BINGO afternoon! Thank you to all of you who joined in the fun by playing for the cause and Big Thanks to Brett Dennen for being a great host!
Positive Legacy and Trees, Water & People made it easy to travel responsibly, by offsetting the emissions from your travel to the Mexico for Zac Brown Band’s Castaway with Southern Ground. We appreciate those that donated $15 to the carbon offset program, which supports a community tree nursery that is producing 10,000 trees a year for rural communities on the north coast of Haiti, providing the sequestration of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions. If you were unable to offset your footprint at the event, please take this opportunity to feel empowered post event and leave your own positive legacy from Castaway by visiting treeswaterpeople.org.
In 2012, Positive Legacy provided $20,000 as a financial backing for a new school, Phoenix School/Amanecer Comunidad de Aprendizaje (translated as New Beginning Community of Learning) in Tulum, Mexico. The school opened its doors in October 2012, serving 18 children. Our support enabled the school to renovate the existing structure on the grounds and covered the first month of operating expenses. In December 2012, the Positive Legacy team along with volunteers visited the school and lent a hand with the school improvement projects including constructing a clean cook stove for their kitchen.
Since that time, the school has undergone some challenges with leadership and sustainability. While no longer operating as the Phoenix School, the building now serves as a Montessori School called Onda Encantada and is an education center for children from 18 months to eight years old. They have 30 children in three levels, in a bilingual atmosphere with certified professionals, including a special education professional. Children have English every day as second language and have other enrichment programs built into their daily classroom activities. Positive Legacy visited the school with Castaway guests on our day of service and cultural connection. We interacted with the students and worked together on some improvement projects on the school grounds. The funds raised through our day of service will provide a scholarship for an underprivileged child to attend the school for a year ($3300 US dollars). We are proud to be a partner with this innovative school in Tulum and hope that the future of Onda Encantada is bright!