Dobrisa Cesaric Elementary School
Total donations: $20, 192 | Partnership: Since 2005
A partner since 2005, this general public school in Osijek provides many extra curricular opportunities for students.
The school offers arts, sports, gardening, robotics, choir, ecology and more. Funding from Grand Circle Foundation provided air conditioning, audio visual equipment, lockers, fitness equipment and the renovation of the school library.
Thanks to Grand Circle Foundation, Dobrisa Cesaric School in Osijek is probably the first and only in the area to establish a ”Fitness/Stress Relief Room”. The room has been equipped with an exercise bike, a treadmill, a rowing machine, a boxing bag, yoga mats, pilates equipment, a multi-use workout bench and abdominal exercise equipment.
Exercise helps our students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD improve their ability to pay attention and control impulsive behavior. Our school also provides education for children located in a nearby youth behavior modification facility. Those children have been removed from their families and need as much help as they can get to decrease stress and frustration. Considering that countless studies show the benefits of physical activity, we hope that the ”Fitness/Stress Relief Room” will help children with behavior disorders improve performance at school, improve poor socialization skills and motivate them to change bad behavior.