A World of Reading for Maya Children in Guatemala

May 24, 2013

Celebrating Book!

Last month we celebrated International Book Day with students at the Chukmuk Elementary School. The celebration aims to instill reading habits in people around the world and we did just that in our school library!

We designed an activity that got students’ creative gears moving: each teacher read “The Legend of St. George and the Dragon” to their classroom and students were to create their own illustration inspired by what they heard.

Lidia, our school librarian, continues to lead and develop daily literacy activities, which encourages the celebration of books year round!

The library has also welcomed new members to the team:

Jo Umana a trained librarian that arrived in February, is here to help with the organization of the Chukmuk Library. She collaborated on the development of the electronic book database, and has also assisted Lidia with cataloguing and literacy activities. Another focus of her works has been developing programming that invites the community of Chukmuk to the school library through parent and child events.

Tomas Pacay Mendoza joined the Pathways to Literacy team in April and is working on a pedagogical support project. He works with the Chukmuk teachers on the methods and techniques for teaching constructively and meaningfully. He is locating materials in the library that teachers can use in their lesson plans and has designed “literary corners” in the classrooms that allow students to learn in fun and innovative ways.


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Project Leader

Rosemary Trent

Executive Director
Washington, DC United States

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Map of A World of Reading for Maya Children in Guatemala