"The visit to the primary school was a joyful experience. We interacted with the children by singing songs—it was great. To see the science lab that GCF supported was exciting."
Donald & Mary Raudenbush—Exton, Pennsylvania
Ahmet Ergun School
Akburun Village School
Ataturk Primary School
Cumhuriyet Primary School
Hacibektas Girls Vocational School
Hacibektas High School
24 Kasim Ilkogretim Okulu School
Kasim Primary School
Hacibektas Veli Primary School
Partner since: 2004
Total donated: $40,600 to 12 area schools
Currently, Grand Circle Foundation supports twelve schools in Turkey. Our funds have helped build science labs, computer labs, and a playground; repair a heating system; purchase projectors, computers, and athletic equipment; and acquire a variety of basic supplies based on each school's individual need.
Three of the schools in the small town of Hacibektas have combined their efforts toward a particularly exciting project: the construction of a wedding hall that will generate revenue. Begun in 2008 and now in its third and final phase, the completed hall will be rented to outside parties—and the proceeds will benefit the 869 students who attend the three schools.
School in session:
Mid-September through early June, with periodic closures for Muslim holidays
Gifts to bring if you're visiting:
- Baseball caps for boys and colorful barrettes or hair clips for girls
- Educational English-language picture books
- Inflatable kick balls/soccer balls