Snack Shack La Paz

With our school community in mind, we seek to provide healthy, local, and delicious foods.

La Paz 10th grade

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

With our school community in mind, we seek to provide healthy, local, and delicious foods.
We seek to create a professional environment where our community is our main priority. We want our customers to have a satisfactory experience by making them feel welcome. We always put effort into proficiency, perseverance, and listening to new ideas, in order to reach our full potential.

Stefano

What I like:
One of my passions is to watch soccer games and be a die hard fan of my favorite soccer teams. I also like water sports and to be in the ocean. Both things work as a stress relief.
What I Do:
I am looking forward to learning about managing a business, managing the finance of it, and solving small problems about it. I think that this will be very useful in the future and I want to learn as much as I can.
What I Want:
One of my skills is memorizing things, I am good remembering important things. I am also good on being organized and responsible as well as managing my time and being balanced.

Nicolle

What I like:
My passion is to playing and listening to music. All day im listening to music, when I get home I spend all the time playing my ukulele and the guitar. I start singing and try different strumming patterns, try new type of music. Music is just my life, it helps me concentrate. Music makes time fly, I can´t live without music.
What I Do:
Doing this project will help me work with others and have in mind different opinions and ideas What do you want to get out of this project? Name a few specific things you’d like to learn and achieve over the process of working on this project, and also in the long run. Think big stuff (power! influence!) and little stuff (new friends!).
What I Want:
Something I'm really good at is to listen and communicate. I don't have issues talking to anyone, I can talk about anything to anyone. Im a very social person. I like to do things with different people, I playing music with others, talk about any music passion.

Mayla

What I like:
Something I like is interior design. I always feel like I have a good idea in my head of how to decorate areas and or things and when I do it I really enjoy it. I can have a good illustration of how I want things to look and then I’m able to do whatever I can to make my ideas turn out the way that I was thinking of. Also given this points, I like doing this because I’ve always been interested in design and being able to decorate which I feel like it makes me enjoy what I do since I like it and feel comfortable with it.
What I Do:
I want to become more experienced on how running a business and having a clear idea of knowing how things work in this type of projects because I’m pretty sure that in the future I will need to know how to do this skills in order to have a good business.
What I Want:
A skill that I have is responsibility and organization. Even though with all the works I have to do and even though I get really stressed sometimes I always center on being responsible with what I have to do since for me it's very important to do thing right and in the correct way. Also whenever I do things everything has to be organized since that helps me know what I have done already or what else I have to do and by contributing organization I feel like I can do my work better by having everything well organized and by having this aspect it relates perfectly with responsibility since by keeping everything organized I am also being responsible with what I have to do in order to have it right and well done.

Evan

What I like:
One of the things that makes me forget to do all else is when I draw - even just last night, I drew an hour longer than I told myself I would because I just lost track of time! As long as I have a good idea and I’m feeling the creative ‘flow,’ I can produce unique pieces of art that are brimming with colors and character. Also, I love to write stories; again, if I have a good idea, I can create a world and characters from nothing, using only 27 letters. The other thing that makes me lose track of time is learning about things that interest me. I love to watch youtube videos and read about self-development, arts, interior design, etc. I’ve been very close to being late to school several times because I was watching youtube videos while I was getting ready.
What I Do:
From this business, I want to learn how to be an entrepreneur, better communication skills, and how to run a business. I think that I am a natural entrepreneur but I lack some of the skills, experience, and knowledge to be successful in that and making my own business, including communication skills.
What I Want:
I think one of my skills is logical thinking or problem solving. For example, algebra, technology, and editing grammar are some things that I am efficient in. Another of my strong points is creative thinking because I’ve worked on art and writing throughout my life and have had plenty of practice with it. Finally, attention to detail is another of my skills. I am very good at noticing bad grammar or the small details that throw of any piece of work.

Rachel

What I like:
Something that I am very passionate about is dance, especially ballet. I am happiest when I can express whatever I am feeling that day creatively through movement, especially with my friends. It also helps me be more focused and present in the current moment because I have to concentrate and be thoughtful of what I am doing. I also enjoy dance because it is a way that you can express visually and musically, and it’s a very unique form of art.
What I Do:
From running the Snack Shack I hope to learn what it takes to become an entrepreneur and to run a business. I also learned about customer service and how to increase profit in the store. A significant skill that I have learned since working in Snack Shack is responsibility and self-management because it is very important to have those abilities in the store.
What I Want:
A skill that I have is communication because I am able to talk to anyone, including big audiences and can negotiate solutions to problems easily. I am also efficient with having a balanced life because I can recognize what tasks have the first priority to get finished and can work productively. Another skill that I have is math because I have quick mental math skills and understand all of what we are learning in class.

Jimena

What I like:
I am very passionate about dancing, reading, and listening to music. When I do either of those activities it makes me feel happy and forget all my worries. This is so fun because when you are stressed on the verge of a mental breakdown, doing either of these things will definitely relieve you. Dancing is such a great skill due to the fact that you can connect with many people through this form of art, and it will make you stand out from the rest of the world.
What I Do:
I want to be able to gain experience from Snack Shack in order for my future life long working experience to be great and gain some sort of knowledge in this area. I aspire to be the best at what I do and eventually be able to learn many things from projects like these.
What I Want:
I have mastered my skill in piano, self-management, and organization. Organization and responsibility are key for mastering these skills. As well as dedication and motivation because these skills are not easily managed. Theses skills are useful for future advances because it might help you in many job opportunities, facilitates your entry to colleges and makes you stand out in a crowd of people

Alessandro

What I like:
One of my passions is to play soccer, is a good stress relief and is better to go and play with friends. I like to just use anything that has to do with technology, phones computer video games etc, and its something I am always doing.
What I Do:
What I want to do in this project is I want to get a good understanding of how to run a business and bring more ideas on good products we can sell, and obviously get a good profit to go to Atlanta
What I Want:
One of my skills is self management as I am very organized with to do things and I always try to finish them on time or even before. I am really good communicating my ideas to people, I try to make my ideas clear and simple to understand.

Norman

What I like:
Im good at and I really like to play videogames because when it is new for me and I don't know the mechanics I like to learn by myself and I like how you can disconnect from the real world and be in a fantasy one by yourself and sometimes with your friends. If i could i would spend half a day playing video games without eating a real meal.
What I Want:
My skills is to understand how things work by myself so i can figure out how to fix things or how to make them work. I'm also very skilled at arts stuff like music and drawing.

Stacy

What I like:
My passions are doing crafts, have my work be done on time. Also, I like to make people laugh when they are sad. In my free time, when my work is all done, I start doing crafts because I like to see my final product and feel proud of being capable. It helps me forget about school, problems, social life, etc… It makes me feel myself in my own world. Likewise, I have initiative to finish my work before the due date because I don't like having a lot of work and doing it at the last moment. Also I'm not conformed when my friends are sad; I make them laugh with my special skills.
What I Do:
In order to gain learning and achieve over the working of Snack Shack,I want to gain more knowledge on how to be an excellent entrepreneur and how to run a business because in the future you never know what is going to happen in order to success.
What I Want:
My skills are motivation, organized, initiative, talking loud and making friends laugh.

Dilan

What I like:
One of my passions is sailing, this is one of my passions because I have been doing it since I was a little kid. I also just like being out in the ocean cause it’s just a different thing to do you are like in a different world pretty much and there’s so many cool things to do and it’s always an adventure. It’s something I love and been doing for a long time and it’s something most people struggle with to be able to be out in the ocean for a long time. For example I’ve been able to be out in the ocean for a week or longer.
What I Want:
My skills is managing to be out there managing to be able to deal with the ocean. I’m also good at teaching people how to sail because it’s something I love to do and good at so it comes easy for me. I have also learned how to read the ocean for example the wind and waves which really helps. And when I’m out there in the ocean I find something to do and entertaining because sometimes the ocean is calm out there and there not much to do but it is very peaceful and takes stress off of you at times.

Katherine

What I like:
I really like to play soccer and share with others . When I´m on the soccer field I forget all of my problems and I take stress out, also through this sport I learn teamwork and to communicate with my team members. Sometimes I take all my anger by kicking the ball and running and it makes me feel happy to feel part of something, part of a team, part of a second family, because when you are in a team you feel supported and more close to people that are ´passionate by the same thing as you. In the other hand I really like to share with others, because since Im little I was taught to be caring and share what I have with someone that doesn´t the same things as me, and it makes me feel happy to make others happy too.
What I Do:
I want to learn more about how to communicate peacefully with my classmates when they are being annoying also I want to learn more about running a business because it can help me on the future. I can improve finishing my work before the do date because sometimes I do my homework until the last minute and it makes me stress.
What I Want:
My certain skill is drawing and writing. I started drawing since I was little so I have practiced all my life and now my skill is better, I feel that through drawing you can speak, it's another language that in all the world people can understand, its really cool to represent what you think through your drawings and let other people feel the same thing as you when they see it. Also I'm good at writing and adding details to it, I don't practice this skill but I notice it when I wrote my soliloquio in spanish and not only mine but the story that Miss.Kenia read when we were presenting each soliloquio.

Gabe

What I like:
My true passion and devotion is writing and performing music. There is a certain feeling that I get when I open up that program on the computer and just start brainstorming and creating. The same feeling applies to when I get up in front of people, whether it be 5 or 100 people. When I’m playing original stuff and the crowd is vibing with me, there is just nothing like it. I personally think I’ve really mastered the skill of snowboarding. I love snowboarding and I am really good at it. The sense of the hard snow beneath your feet and the midair weightlessness is like nothing else I’ve ever done
What I Do:
I want to get business and leadership skills out of this class. I also want to learn what type of work is needed and expected to excel in HL Business.
What I Want:
I also think one of my skills is photography and videography. I am very creative and good at editing videos and making projects with videos. Business is the final useful, significant skill to me and the understanding of economic systems is something that comes easy to me. Business works in my head and I understand all of it very well. I can analyze and critique the Snack Shack correctly. I know how to effectively analyze and create successful new projects. I also want to get the chance to be a leader in my class.

Catalina

What I like:
My true passion is to dance and spend time with my friends because it is were I can feel and be myself. Im crazy about listening to music and feeling that everything else doesn't matter. Expressing myself through movements and inspiring others to do the same. I like to be energized and positive.
What I Do:
I want to be more experienced on how to run a business and how to be more of an entrepreneur because I feel that in my future im going to run a business and this experience is really going to help me by teaching me how to manage time, keep things in order and how to negotiate with vendors and our byers. I want to become a bigger influence in the community and open my friend circle
What I Want:
I am good at communication when talking or socializing with people. I'm also really good at motivating others to achieving their goals and being their best they can. I'm good at being enthusiastic when life is boring.

Cindy

What I like:
I really like to play the guitar, sing, cook and dance. Ever since I was 5 years old, I discovered that music was going to be important in my life. I would sing and dance for hours… I would even forget about playing. I play the guitar at least two times per day and I am trying to write songs. Cooking is something that I really enjoy as I mentioned before. I learned how to make desserts because one day I was thinking what to give as a gift to my mom, so I started looking for videos on Youtube and found out that I was really good at it. It's also a good way to eat healthier and see what things would combine really well.
What I Do:
I would like to learn how to manage money in a business (how to know how much is a reasonable amount of money to invest in order to earn enough). Also, to know the risks that can come up on the way but to work harder on my skills to get through them.
What I Want:
I can make really creative desserts, get you really emotional by playing a song and make environmental activities that involve communities.

Anya

What I like:
I love projects and researching. It makes me so happy learning new things in great depth on my own. Being my own teacher is a great experience because it teaches me to not rely on other people to provide me with information and do work for me. I am also deeply passionate about theatre and dance. I love this because it is an activity that immerses me in a group of people that usually I would not talk to if I had not been given the opportunity to break out from my shell.
What I Do:
I would like to improve my communication skills but I would also like to learn how to be a better leader when it comes to participating at the Snack Shack with my peers
What I Want:
I am very organized and when I am passionate about a subject, I become very motivated and almost nothing can stop me from completing my goal. This is very important because I know that many people suffer from not being motivated to complete their task. Being organized is also important because working can very easily become extremely stressful if documents or ideas are missing due to something being unorganized.

Amanda

What I like:
My passion is playing music. When i start singing by myself or with the ukulele and explore different strumming patterns and techniques i feel like time flies quickly.I'm also pretty great at discovering new music and genres of music i have never heard before. I find artist are underappreciated and recommend them to my friends.
What I Want:
I can talk with anyone for hours about any topic. I can read people's intentions and their personality. I'm good at analyzing books or poems in english or spanish (mostly english). I'm really good at helping people know the truth about their problems, however I struggle to figure my own out.

Sydney

What I like:
Something that I am very passionate about is designing and wakeboarding. I feel like for me, wakeboarding is something that you can always learn from and it is an activity that can get frustrating but it teaches you how to be patient and that every time you dail, you are closer to success and all it takes it practice to be able to reach your goal. For designing I love it because I can create a whole new environment by simply changing colors, objects, and adding elements into a space in order to make that space give off a certain vibe. With design, you can make yourself feel however you want to just be mixing up a room and adding different colors or new furniture. It also helps me be more focused and creative because I have to use my imagination and try to see with all of my senses.
What I Do:
From working at Snack Shack I hope to learn what it takes to become an entrepreneur and to run a business because one day I hope to have a design company of my own. A significant skill that I have learned since working in Snack Shack so far is responsibility and communication because if people do not communicate, then it clashes with the entire business because you can lose money, not satisfy the customer’s needs, or not be able to run it at all.
What I Want:
A skill that I have is time management because I am able to balance social aspects but completing my work first is always a priority. So, once I am done with the important things I need to do, I can always make time for the things that I want to do, and if for some reason I can’t complete my work, I still take a break and come back to it later because I think it is very important to allow yourself to have freetime. I am good at taking feedback in order to make the project or anything else I am working on to the best of my ability and I always take in what others say because I know that their information and feedback is most likely very helpful.

Norman

What I like:
One of my passions is to play videogames, because when it is new for me and I don't know the mechanics I like to learn by myself. I like how you can disconnect from the real world and be in a fantasy one by yourself and sometimes with your friends. If i could, i would spend half a day playing video games without eating a real meal. My skills is to understand how things work by myself so i can figure out how to fix things or how to make them work. I'm also very skilled at arts stuff like music and drawing.
What I Do:
I want to win experience on how to run a business with people that i like to be with and some i don't, but if i learn how to go over it i will have a very useful skill for the future.
What I Want:
Some of my skills is to learn things by myself, so if i don't have a teacher i can search it up and figure out how to do it. I have also developed a skill with the guitar during the time and now i'm decently good at it.

Raphael

What I like:
I really like playing soccer with my friends also i really like to surf it's a very good way to get your mind away from problems, also another thing that I really like to play video games I’ve been playing video games since I was young so it a big part of myself and also very funny to play with your friends. What I do all the time is being outside running being on the beach with friends, surfing is one of my manias because it gets you so much sensation in only a very short period of time, the fact that you can be on a waves doing different amount of maneuver. But also surfing is been a big part of Costa Rica and the waves are beautiful and not even talking about the beaches.
What I Do:
After this experience I hope to leave with a better sense of leadership and communication skills. I hope to improve my bonds with the people around me because being a good communicator will be a skill that I will be able to use throughout my entire life.
What I Want:
One of the skills i have gained is being a very good communicator making people change their mind but also makes them happy because if we have happy people they are gonna be more nice and might buy more stuff. Also I am a very good leader which can help a lot of people making them sure about what they want and also sometimes you don't really know what to do I am gonna be the one that make them sure about what they want. I’ve learn how to be a positive person it might not seem big but it does affect me and the way i work because it makes my work way better and be happy of working in Snack Shack

Dilan

What I like:
I really like sailing this is one of my favorite things because I have been doing it since I was a little kid. I also just like being out in the ocean because it’s just a different thing to do your like in a different world pretty much and there’s so many cool things to do and it’s always an adventure. It’s something I love and been doing for a long time and it’s something most people struggle with to be able to be out in the ocean for a long time. For example I’ve been able to be out in the ocean for a week or longer.
What I Do:
What I want to do is learn how to run a business and just learn business because it’s going to for sure help me in the future and it’s good for me to get a head start on it I also want to learn how to understand each part of the things I need to be able to learn business so I can learn everything to have a good business in the future if I want to have one.
What I Want:
My skills is managing to be out there managing to be able to deal with the ocean. I’m also good at teaching people how to sail because it’s something I love to do and good at so it comes easy for me. I have also learned how to read the ocean for example the wind and waves which really helps. And when I’m out there in the ocean I find something to do and entertaining because sometimes the ocean is calm out there and there not Much to do but it’s very peaceful and it takes stress off of you at times.

Emerson

What I like:
I like hunting, exploring, and playing video games, all of these I enjoy because they are great stress relievers, and hunting and exploring gives me a chance to forget all of what is happening in my daily life and just be in my zone and not have to deal with anything else. With videogames they are a great way to pass time and it is a fun way to connect with friends, especially ones who live in other countries.
What I Do:
I want to hone my business skills, learn how to effectively run a company and learn to work with a large team not just small groups. I want to come out of this project being able to know how to work my ideas into an strong reality. I also want what I have learned to largely help me in my CAS project.
What I Want:
I have mastered the skill of quick communication, it is very useful in hunting and videogames. I have also mastered the skill of analytical thinking, most of the time I can break down a problem and figure out how to solve it. I also have been raised to be very creative and that's a skill that comes naturally and it causes me to have a lot of ideas.

Luca

What I like:
One of my favorite activities is basketball. I love learning new skills and working with the team. If I could I play basketball for 12 hours a day I absolutely would. The first game I had it was so fun I have been motivated to get better, better than Lebron James. He has been my inspiration since day 1. I hope my motivation in basketball brings me to do great things.
What I Do:
I want to become a better leader while working in the Snack Shack. I feel like I am a good leader at times but I want to get better at being kinder toward the people I work with. I feel like when someone makes a mistake i'm very negative and I want to be a more positive leader.
What I Want:
I am very skilled at staying motivated and driven, communicating, staying energized, leading a group. It is easy for me to become passionate and staying in control of the situation.

Grace

What I like:
My name is Grace Herman I’m a 10th grader at La Paz Community School working on the Finance team of our store, Snack Shack. I very into the creative arts, I love and am very passionate about theater and writing. I spend my time at school, dance, theater, and writing. I am bilingual in both English and Spanish, I’m a determined self- starter, I have good leadership skills and proficient in public speaking. I want to work in the creative arts field while working to improve education for students all over the world.

Communities

Community
Key Person
Description
Chirripo Students
Rachel Harris
Rachel is a 10th grade student at La Paz Community School.
Tenorio Students
Melany Linton
Melany is a 7th grader in the Tenorio school.
La Paz Teachers
Kerry McLennen
An administrator of Chirripo as well as the high school English teacher.

Interviews

Interview With Rachel Harris

What are our community strengths?
I think that the most important strength about our community is that since it is so small, we feel very united and we all get along really well together. This means that no one ever has to face a problem alone because we can all help each other when we are in need. Everyone's opinions and beliefs are valued and everyone is accepted as they are, which is essential to have a strong community.
What does this community need?
Since our community is small and we are quite limited on resources, something that we need to strive to improve at is making sure that we are all taking an initiative to use our skills in the community. There are so many small things that everyone can do to help our community, but we need to make the move to do these things, otherwise, changes won't be made.
What does this community have to share?
This community has so many valuable traits to share. Something that Chirripo does that is really unique is the CAS projects, since that gets everyone involved in the campus to help the community. We also gain so many opportunities to learn about the world around us through working at Snack Shack. It gives us opportunities to support local businesses and learn how to run a store.

Interview With Melany Linton

What are our community strengths?
A community strengths that Tenorio brings to the snack shack is we do a really good job of coming up with ideas for the store everyone will like.
What does this community need?
Although Tenorio does give the store other people's ideas, I think we should have a better way of telling the store what those ideas are. No Chirripo kids ever come to our meetings or classrooms to ask what we want. They randomly come during lunch and recess and just ask random people. More people suggestions would be heard if we had a better system of getting them to you guys.
What does this community have to share?
This community is a team. We all have different ways off working together and we all bring so many different things to the table. We should be telling people that yes, we all are different. "We share our similarities and celebrate our differences"-M. Scott Peak. Are differences are what makes us unique and whole. And we can never lose that.

Interview With Kerry McLennen

What are our community strengths?
The La Paz community has so many strengths! I think the most important ones include the fact that we feel like an extended family, our BEST program, and our Anchor Project program. As a family, we openly communicate and effectively work together to solve problems. We create an environment where each student and staff member and parent has a unique, individual voice that can always be heard. Secondly, I believe that our BEST program is an excellent program that provides resources to our teachers and students in order to best meet the academic and social needs of all of our students. Thirdly, our Anchor Project program is an incredible scope and sequence that feeds into the high school CAS experience. The Anchor Project program allows for students to engage in project-based learning while engaging in school and local projects that better themselves and better our entire community. In CAS, students design their own projects based on interests and community need. These are just three strengths I see in our community.
Also, the La Paz community has a team of dedicated educators and specialists that have a shared vision to create a community environment here at the La Paz campus that integrates all cultures and socio-economic levels that make up our local community. Our dedicated team creates a learning environment that involves: growth mindset; project-based education; Anchor Projects; the IB program; two-way dual language immersion program; environmental awareness programs; academic rigour; personal growth; public speaking; mindfulness; and more!
What does this community need?
Our community is always looking for more physical resources to use with our students or in classrooms (such as, right now I would like a carpet and bean bags for the high school English classroom!), as well as additional community members who can dedicate their time and expertise to sharing with our students through being a guest speaker or volunteering in our cooperative program!
What does this community have to share?
Oh, wow! This is a really tough question. I think we are trying to do SO much at La Paz and the world does not truly understand the care, time, energy, expertise, and deliberate attention we need to give to each aspect of our school. Because of the amazing dedication of our teachers, our administrative team, and our board of directors, it really truly is amazing everything we can accomplish and I do not think the world understands the amazing dedication of everyone that works at La Paz! Because of their dedication, we go above and beyond and are able to have strong programs such as the Anchor Project/CAS Program, Two Way Dual Language Immersion Program, IB Program, Study Abroad Program, and many more. Also, everything we do and every decision we make has the La Paz Peace Practices at the base and the heart of it all!
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Eliminate Single-use Plastic

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Raise Money to Pay for our Trip to Atlanta

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Valentine's Week Events

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Healthy Snacks for the Bienestar Theme

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Budget

Expenses

Item
Amount
CGLO Expenses (Corporate Social Responsibility)
$150
Paint
$250
Shelving Replacement
$40
New Refrigerator
$500

Resources

Description
Source
Value
Donations of Materials
In order to build our CGLO projects, we reuse items such as plastic bottles that have been donated by community members instead of purchasing materials.
$30
Revenue
The profit that we collect from our sales goes directly into improving the store.
$200 a year
Grant Money
A grant from Project Wonder that would go to our capital investments, such as a fridge.
$500
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