It is hard to believe that the schools just had their midyear break, but just like that the students are halfway through the school year! It was a busy Spring at Niños de Guatemala, and we can't wait to share what we have been up to!
In April, all the students took a field trip to the zoo in Guatemala City. With almost 500 students in three schools, NDG staff and lots of volunteers chaperoned for two days taking half of the students to the zoo on Thursday and the other half on Friday. The students walked the zoo for hours and were smiling from ear to ear. Thanks to the mothers who helped prepare meals, all kids had a snack and a packed lunch that was enjoyed after a full day of exploring all the animals the zoo had to offer. A special thanks to all the Padrinos who helped sponsor the field trip, it was an unforgettable experience!
In May, students from the middle school held a silent auction fundraiser with paintings they had made during the month and it was a huge success. Thanks to some amazing volunteers, the students took art classes for a couple weeks before the exhibit to prepare their art and wrote stories about the inspiration of their work. Then each piece was auctioned off as a donation back to NDG! The students learned about artistic expression and how to fundraise. It was a great experience and a great way to promote self-expression with the middle schoolers.
Finally, in June students held elections to elect their first student government! Students from each grade campaigned for the various positions and even put up campaign signs. It was a great way to introduce government into the classroom and get the students excited about representing the student body in a democratic way. This is the first year for the student government but they are ambitious and enthusiastic to represent their peers, we can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings!
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The penguins were a huge hit
The students loved seeing all the animals
A great day at the zoo!
Art Exhibit at the Good Hotel Antigua
A painting from a student