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Shumla School

December, 2009



December 15, 2009

Volume 1, No. 2


Welcome to the second issue of the SHUMLA eNewsletter.   SHUMLA eNews will arrive in your e-mailbox periodically from The newsletter will keep you up to date on the activities at SHUMLA. Note: You will only see in the "From" column of your email. To ensure that SHUMLA eNews gets to you through any anti-spam filters, please place our address on your approved email address list. If you use filters, please make sure that you don't filter out email from this address .




The Texas Archeological Society honored SHUMLA  this year by requesting that we host the 80th Annual Meeting in Del Rio, Texas, October 23rd – 25th, 2009.

The meeting was an overwhelming success, with almost 300 registered attendees at the event. Del Rio locals repeatedly expressed appreciation for being included in the research that is happening in their back yard, and also shared the resultant level of appreciation they now feel for these priceless cultural resources.

The special events sessions were also heavily attended and very well-received. Over 400 people were present for the Friday night Public Forum, featuring SHUMLA’s Executive Director Dr. Carolyn Boyd and world renowned rock art researcher Dr. Jean Clottes from France.

For more information about the forum and photos of activities visit
In addition, field trips provided opportunities to visit rarely accessed sites and were booked to almost full capacity.

SHUMLA would like to extend a special thanks to our Local Arrangements Committee, and to all the sponsors that made this meeting a success.

Well done Del Rio!


                                       Photo by Curt Harrell

Dr. Carolyn Boyd and Dr. Jean Clottes were the featured speakers at the Texas Archeological Society's annual meeting in Del Rio.



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The Friends of SHUMLA come in all shapes and sizes.  We live all over the world and come from all walks of life.  But we have one goal  -  we are privileged to assist SHUMLA in providing educational and research opportunities to the community at large. 

We have a lot to be thankful for this year as you can see by the letters below.  But we need your help.  This is the season of giving, so we hope you will  consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support SHUMLA and to continue the important programs you will read about in the letters we have received from children, teachers and caretakers
Because we are a nonprofit organization, charitable donations to SHUMLA are essential. A significant amount of SHUMLA’s revenue is derived from charitable gifts.  If you are already a member, or have otherwise supported SHUMLA’s mission, we sincerely thank you. However, we still need your support.


If you have not made a charitable donation this year, we ask that you take this opportunity to help preserve and grow SHUMLA, one of the Lone Star State's most important cultural assets.
For more information or to make a gift now, visit and click on the "Donate Now" link in the upper left hand corner, or call 432-292-4848 or email us at
We appreciate your commitment to SHUMLA and wish you a very happy holiday season.



LETTERS TO SHUMLA ... "There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million."
                                                                                                                                                                     Walter Streigthiff


A letter from a child who lives at the Big Springs Ranch and took part in the SHUMLA Adventure Camp.

Pecos River Kids KEY Project – Del Rio, TX

"I almost made a fire ... and it was awesome!"

A letter from Susi Mitchell
Big Springs Ranch for Children Grandmother

I would like to offer my gratitude to the Ray C. Fish Foundation for funding the grant for the group of children and staff from Big Springs Ranch for Children in Leakey to attend the Shumla Adventure Camp this month.

My husband and I went along as chaperones and support staff. The boys that went are all doing well in our programs here at BSRC and this was a reward trip for the progress that they have made, and what a wonderful reward it was! All of these boys are in the foster care system and have been abused, abandoned, or orphaned. They all carry a heavy load of bad memories. One of our missions at this ranch is to provide our children with as many good memories as possible. This trip to Shumla School has given these boys memories that they can look back on for the rest of their lives as a joyous experience. They were able to see themselves as capable of achieving things they’d never dreamed they would be able to do. They left Shumla with a deeply enriched sense of self-esteem. They stretched themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually while there and I just know that they will be better men for having had this experience.

We saw these boys, many who suffer from depression and anxiety, smiling, laughing, helping each other with tasks, doing chores without being asked, making connections and talking about their dreams and their goals in life. We saw boys who have been withdrawn calling out to us to come watch them do a new task, to share the sunset with them, and showing us their creations. Now that we are back on campus, these boys relate to us in a deeper more personal manner than before. This enhanced connection allows us to help and guide them better and they also feel closer to us. They are more willing to trust us and the other staff who were a part of the Shumla School experience. These young men are now further on their path to healing, thanks to the Ray C. Fish  Foundation’s generous gift.  Thank you so very much. The good this Adventure Camp accomplished may never be fully known, but we do know that there was great good in the experience.


A letter from Margaret K. Diego
5th Grade Teacher  Seco Mines Elementary, Eagle Pass 

When I was first assigned to 5th grade as a Science teacher, I knew that one of my first priorities was to contact SHUMLA to set up a date for a future field trip. I knew from experience how enriching the SHUMLA experience was to our students (my son attended the year before), and didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity. I was delighted at the time to know that not only could they fit us in, but we would be the recipients of an anonymous donation to pay the fees. Having the financial support meant we could actually go – its as simple as that.

I believe I teach at the most wonderful elementary school in our district, but we certainly have to work very hard to achieve success. Our children come from low-income households, with the majority (if not all) considered economically disadvantaged. A great many are English language learners, and we have our share of “at risk” students. But don’t get me wrong, we have wonderful families. They just don’t have the means to expose their children to experiences such as that which SHUMLA offers. You can imagine what it meant to us to have been the recipients of such generosity when we were told that the cost of the trip was paid for! Not only that, but the donor also offered to pay for the kids to eat dinner at a nice restaurant! Now this was a treat! Believe it or not, for many of our kids, this is something really special. School trips are great, but the costs involved can be overwhelming for our parents. Even though we have raffles, candy sales, and other fundraisers, we just can’t afford to make these trips without some sort of help. Transportation costs alone are outrageous.

I am convinced that the time spent learning at SHUMLA reinforces the teaching that was done in the classroom, and helps our students succeed on their TAKS test. Each year that Seco Mines has experienced SHUMLA, our scores have increased. In fact, in the past two years our school has achieved the status of Exemplary because our Reading, Writing, Math, and Science scores have all been greater than 90%!! Now I know there are many factors involved and a lot of hard work, but I also know that their SHUMLA experience helps the kids connect their learning, therefore it means so much more to them. I only hope that we are lucky enough to again be considered a funding recipient. This really means a lot to our kids.



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