Costa Rica offers the world so much beauty and delight. It’s time to give something back, by supporting children’s literacy. Hop on the ‘Imagination Bus’ to learn more…
An Interview Featuring: Cynthia Crummer
Pure Trek Canyoning’s Founder & CEO Cynthia Crummer is an outdoor enthusiast on a mission, but this time, she’s sharing a different kind of adventure. She is determined to teach children that they don’t have to wait until they’re grown-ups to go exploring and visit different places, or even different times—all they have to do is open a book. Discover why Crummer’s “Imagination Bus” will bring much needed books and learning tools to the children of Costa Rica, and how you can support this noble endeavor.
Q: Cynthia, in your own words, please tell us what the “Imagination Bus” is…
Q: How did you come to envision this ambitious endeavor—how did you identify this need?
A: I have many friends that live in this area and many other areas in Costa Rica. They all talk about the same thing, “There are no books at the schools [and few] libraries in any of the outlining rural areas of the country.” I then started giving these children of my friends books, and it just took off! The children began to read and are like sponges! They just drank up the words and worlds from the books.
From there, we were looking for a cause to give the money we raise for our yearly culture and gastronómico festival in La Fortuna, Huellas, and speaking with a mom/friend we came up with the idea. I have wanted to build a children’s library for years now, and this was the perfect way to bring the books to the children instead of a standing permanent library. When [the Imagination Bus] is not traveling to different towns, it will be parked for all the town to visit and use in La Fortuna.
Q: It’s been said that one of the reasons Costa Rica is a leader in sustainability is because they have no army, thus, the country puts its military budget toward the betterment of the nation, most notably—sustainability. Children even learn about sustainability in school, so why does a well-rounded education which includes literature and the arts appear to be lower on the priority list?
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Q: What will the daily or weekly routine of the Imagination Bus be once it is up and running?
Q: Once children have gained exposure to literature and the arts via the Imagination Bus, how will you keep fueling their fire for creativity and knowledge?
Q: Ideally, how would you like to see the Imagination Bus grow?
Q: In addition to making a financial contribution, how can we all help support this endeavor?
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If you’re ready to do your part and donate, head to the Imagination Bus’ GoFundMe page to make your contribution. For additional information about the alternate ways you can support this ambitious and worthwhile endeavor, please visit the Imagination Bus Facebook page at facebook.com/ImaginationBus.