Why Costa Rica? Themes have been locations and issues. They have transported our students around the world, both figuratively and literally. One area of the world that we have yet to explore is Central America. Children (and adults) are amazed by Costa Rica's interesting creatures, like sloths and toucans, and breathtaking environment, which includes mighty volcanoes. Its natural resources will inspire many conversations and activities throughout the school.
Our Spanish teachers are thrilled to motivate student learning through the rich culture of Costa Rica, including live video chats with students at the Credos San Diego School in San Jose. As a matter of fact, Profesoras Olivia Delgado and Maria Cosentino will join the delegation of St. Mary's family ambassadors' trip to Costa Rica in June of 2022. Ms. Delgado will team with global coordinator Linda Boza to lead this year's theme, helping colleagues with ideas and lessons.
In addition to the lively lessons from jungle to music, there is a more practical reason for studying Costa Rica. One goal of our global themes is to educate our students on areas of the world with which they may interact in their careers. Though smaller than the state of Florida, the United States presently purchases almost five billion dollars of exports from the country of Costa Rica. Of course they are famous for their tropical fruits, coffee, and chocolate, but their biggest export is medical instruments. Our students gaining a comfort level with this vital trading partner is simply sensible.
Costa Rica's reputation for being among the happiest countries in the world is represented by its most common expression "pura vida." Literally translated it means "pure life," but it is widely used to express a positive attitude in a variety of situations. This year's global theme of Costa Rica is destined to spark Pura Vida.