Bill and Diane Pool (see photo #1, at left) built their sailboat, Pilar, in California and set off across the Pacific in 1991. They arrived in Port Bonbonon in 2000, and are still here. Like many others, they fell in love with this charming place and stayed.
The school started in April, 2002 when six-year old Nenio was trying to read an English language children's book called The Little Penguin's Adventure. Diane offered to help him read it if he would help her learn Visayan, the language of Negros Oriental. Immediately, other children joined the group, and the school was born. (The students range in age from 5 to 20.) Diane and the children translated the book into Visayan, and then began writing their own stories. Diane rented a small cottage for their school, then moved to a new location a year ago.