On day 3 of Panic en la Playa, Widespread Panic fans and Positive Legacy took a trip to the school, Onda Encantada to give back to the local community! We enjoyed interacting and playing games with the students. We worked on school improvements and dined on a delicious, locally prepared lunch together with students and their parents. Our team completed two swing sets and also completed a kid-sized train-set that we painted with the students. After our work was complete, we sat back and relaxed to the sounds of some local, live music. The band also performed a demonstration lesson to introduce the students to the instruments that they were playing.
The teachers, students and parents at Onda Encantada are extremely grateful of the progress and the memories that we all made together on our Day of Service. The parents and teachers thank all of you that joined us and want you to know, the imprint that you made on the children’s lives will be everlasting!
We are pleased to announce that with your support, the Positive Legacy Live and Silent Charity Auctions raised over $57,000! 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.
Thank you to those of you who supported us by bidding on autographed guitars, custom metal art, autographed photos, merchandise, Panic concert posters, and custom artwork. We also want to say Muchas Gracias to all of you who created a piece of artwork to donate to the auction. Widespread Panic fans are truly keeping Positive Legacy’s mission alive through all of the support that you give us!
Many Panic fans saved room in their suitcases to bring along some requested donations for our local parter school, Onda Encantada. Thank you to those of you who contributed backpacks, pencils, notebooks, crayons, gloves, masks, swabs, bandages, and more! We delivered several large boxes of much needed supplies to Onda Encantada on our Day of Service & Community Connection. There were so many donations that Onda Encantada has been able to share with multiple schools and medical centers in the Tulum and Yucatan regions. YOU were able to make a huge impact on the community’s quality of life.
Thank you to all of you who joined in the fun and supported the cause by playing for Positive Legacy. Many Panic fans took a chance on the guessing game in the SETLIST POOL on nights 1 & 2 in which 50% of entry totals were split among winners and 50% benefitted Positive Legacy. Big thanks to all of you golfers that teed up with Sunny Ortiz on day 2 of PELP in the golf tournament and also participated in the player’s pool. 50% of the cash pool from the golf tournament benefitted Positive Legacy. We sure had an entertaining afternoon full of laughs, smiles and lively tunes at our Poolside, Musical BINGO benefitting Positive Legacy on Day 4. We had such a great turnout and raised $2,400 through this activity! Thanks again for playing for the cause!
Positive Legacy and Trees, Water & People made it easy to travel responsibly, by offsetting the emissions from your travel to Mexico for Panic en la Playa Cinco. 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 you footprint at the event, please take this opportunity to feel empowered post event and leave your own positive legacy from PELP 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 Panic en la Playa 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!