It's December and the temperatures in Guatemala are descending and without heating in the houses, the cold at night becomes unbearable, but fortunately it does not snow as in the United States. It is good that the school year is finished, because the afternoons are very windy.
The school year in Guatemala begins in January and ends in October; right now we are on Winter Vacation!! Since classes ended our work has become more administrative. It's really sad not to hear the voices of children and their steps through the corridors. Although the school feels a bit empty at this time, we have had time to do some repairs on our building.
We start by cleaning each of the classes and fix some of the furniture that was in bad condition. Now we are painting the building, this work is very tired and bored. I felt happy to know that, Dora, a teacher who worked with us a few years ago decided to help in our library. She, unfortunately, has retired but has a grandson is studying with us in first degree.
A few weeks ago, while we were having a rest after a long day of painting, finally I had the opportunity to talk with Dorita. I was impressed by her stories and all the experience she acquired during all of those years teaching. She told me that never, during the whole time she worked with children, saw the passion transmitted by his grandson when he talks about books. She admitted that the passion of his grandson motivated her, along with our ideals, to return and work with us. Although she retired is a person with great enthusiasm and ideas. As we talked she told me that one of the things she was looking forward was to sit in the rocking chair and read to the younger children. I found very interesting that she felt anxious to read to the children, because in Guatemala is not normal for adults to read to children or parents read bedtime stories their children. I am glad to know that we have awakened her interest of reading to her grandson, something she did not do with her children. We hope it becomes a string.
It's really amazing the impact we have on our students and their families. Dora is a wonderful person who has returned to, as she says "put her grain of sand in helping to cultivate the reading culture in our country."
Although we are going to have Dora´s help, excellent as a literacy teacher, she does not have experience as a librarian. She need a little help to learn, therefore we need an experienced librarian to help train this wonderful teacher. We hope in a future to have this help so we can open our doors for the whole community and during vacations. Also we need more books of all kinds for our different readers.
If you have ever felt the desire to help grow a love of reading in our students, financial assistance would be a great opportunity to take another step toward that goal! With just ten dollars that are donated to us is enough to buy a book for our library. As always, thank you for the support you offer us at the Academy, and particularly our students.