Chapter One:
Our story began with the future in mind.

Student reading a story book
Two elementary school students with their new prescription glasses
Elementary school student with new school supplies
PriceSmart employee hugging student benefitted by Aprender y Crecer Vision

Our mission is to provide educational materials to public school students in order to inspire teachers and parents to improve their children’s educational experience.

Aprender y Crecer was created in 2006 by Price Philanthropies, the private family foundation established by retail entrepreneur and philanthropist Sol Price. The program was designed as a way to give back to the communities where PriceSmart operates. The Price family's belief that education strengthens communities is the driving force behind what we do.

From pages to possibilities,
our work inspires positive change.

Two students reading together

We donate books to children of all ages to foster a culture and love for reading.

We provide school supplies to students and teachers to help enrich the educational journey.

Two students showing off their new school supplies packages
Student with prescription glasses

We provide eye exams and eyeglasses to help students envision their bright future.

Our favorite chapters
in our story


Books, books, and more books for all!

We're elated to celebrate a remarkable milestone – the donation of over 100,000 books to eager young minds. Each book represents a boundless world of imagination and knowledge, enriching classrooms and fueling the dreams of countless children across Latin America & the Caribbean.

Home is where the books are!

Our commitment extends beyond the classroom. Through various initiatives aimed at making reading a family activity, we foster a love for learning that transcends school hours.

One M-I-L-L-I-O-N school supply packages!

With profound gratitude, we mark the achievement of providing one million school supply packages to students in need. These essentials aren't just tools; they're stepping stones towards a brighter, more empowered future for every child we serve.

Seeing a clearer future

Our impact continues as we bring vision screenings, eye exams, and prescription eyeglasses to students at the schools participating in our program. Each pair of glasses means new opportunities, and a clearer vision toward the future.
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