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Feb 16, 2016

Exam Results Are In!

AAH races in Uganda & U.S. raised funds
AAH races in Uganda & U.S. raised funds

Arlington Academy of Hope's (AAH)  primary school and the Ugandan secondary schools are in recess, and both start the new school year on February 22nd.  Our primary students are enjoying time with family, and helping them out,  before school starts. Some of our secondary and university students are also back in the village, doing community service and getting prepared to head back to school. They also mentor the younger students.

We had races in Arlington, VA and in Uganda to raise funds for education. Most of our teachers and students in Uganda participated in the race there

Once again, the 7th graders excelled and passed the national Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) with flying colors!  All of our 7th graders who took the exam passed, so they are able to continue their education in secondary school.  All scored in the top two grade levels, with most getting "As".  The only sad note was the passing of Miriam, a 7th grader who had suffered from leukemia since over a year ago. We brought her classwork and materials she requested to the hospital, and provided medicines and family support to give her dignity in a terrible situation.  Such a brave girl - she insisted on travelling 6 hours from Kampala to try and take the exam so she could graduate with her class.  Unfortunately she was too ill to take the exam, and passed away shortly thereafter.  We were all very saddened by this news, as we had tried very hard to help her get better.  We can admire her perseverance and courage.  She was steadfast in wanting to continue her education.

We have three groups of teacher trainers from Marymount scheduled to travel to Uganda in the next few months.  This is invaluable in-service training for our teachers as well as the teachers at nearby public schools (our "outreach" schools.)

We are awaiting results of university entrance exams, to see who will join our students at that level. This will be the 4th year we've had secondary school graduates go to university; we have over 70 in tertiary education now!

Thank you for being a part of our success! We couldn't do it without you. Please know it is making a real difference in the lives of the children that have so little.

Primary School Graduation
Primary School Graduation
Miriam
Miriam
Nov 24, 2015

Wild About Reading!

Our students love to read!
Our students love to read!

Reading is a priority for us at Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH).   In October, our primary school in Uganda wrapped up its 10th annual reading challenge with a reading carnival.  This Year’s theme was "Wild about Reading”, and included lessons on animals and habitat around the globe. Math exercises were included too. During the event, all seven grades presented poems, songs and skits about the "Wild about Reading” theme. We invited representatives from the government and local schools to come to the reading carnival, so they could appreciate our emphasis on reading.

Over several months, a total of 71,987  books were read! One girl, Felistus, read 608 books and broke the standing record of 600 books which was set  in 2012!  The 2nd place reader, Sebastian, read 562 books and the 3rd place reader read 560 books. Teachers quizzed the students to ensure they understood what they had read.  The guest of honor was the editor of a national children's magazine called "Toto". She was very excited when she saw first grade children reading fluently. She randomly asked some to read aloud, and they all read with ease. Their enhanced reading skills makes the students proud, and many help their siblings at home to learn to read.  One student, Mary, is even teaching her mom and grandmother  to read!

We thank our teachers, who put in lots of extra time over the last few months to help our enthusiastic readers.

Congratulations to the winners and for breaking the record! 

Learning about animals & habitat around the world.
Learning about animals & habitat around the world.
Students are proud of their reading certificates!
Students are proud of their reading certificates!
Nov 24, 2015

Wild About Reading!

Learning about animals habitat around the world.
Learning about animals habitat around the world.

Reading is a priority for us at Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH).   In October, our primary school in Uganda wrapped up its 10th annual reading challenge with a reading carnival.  This Year’s theme was "Wild about Reading”, and included lessons on animals and habitat around the globe. Math exercises were included too. During the event, all seven grades presented poems, songs and skits about the "Wild about Reading” theme. We invited representatives from the government and local schools to come to the reading carnival, so they could appreciate our emphasis on reading.

Over several months, a total of 71,987  books were read! One girl, Felistus, read 608 books and broke the standing record of 600 books which was set  in 2012!  The 2nd place reader, Sebastian, read 562 books and the 3rd place reader read 560 books. Teachers quizzed the students to ensure they understood what they had read.  The guest of honor was the editor of a national children's magazine called "Toto". She was very excited when she saw first grade children reading fluently. She randomly asked some to read aloud, and they all read with ease. Their enhanced reading skills makes the students proud, and many help their siblings at home to learn to read.  One student, Mary, is even teaching her mom and grandmother  to read!

We thank our teachers, who put in lots of extra time over the last few months to help our enthusiastic readers.

Congratulations to the winners and for breaking the record! 

Our students love to read!
Our students love to read!
Students are proud of their reading certificates!
Students are proud of their reading certificates!
 
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