The last time we wrote to you, we shared our excitement for the expansion of our school libraries in the Cerro de Oro community at the La Cumbre School. The library first opened on April 14, 2015 and now averages 300 student visits each month with a stock of about 1,700 books. Now, Pueblo a Pueblo is excited to share more about how La Cumbre has been finding ways to foster youth leadership in the library through a student library club!
The Student Library Club is made up of eight 3rd through 6th graders – children selected for their personal interests in and frequent use of the library. These children have the shared task of providing support to their peers and younger students in weekly library activities. These activities include assisting peers in checking out books, storytelling with younger students and helping to catalog books alongside the school librarian.
“The goal is that the Student Library Club will become an integral part of the library program so that not only the teachers and librarians feel responsible for maintaining the activities, but also the students themselves.” Lillie, Child Education Program Assistant
Recently, on September 9th, the Student Library Club promoted International Literacy Day by reading stories to their peers during school recess! Spanish literacy is a constant challenge for the students since most are more comfortable speaking Tz’utujil, their native language, than Spanish. It was incredible to witness such commitment and responsibility demonstrated by the students in leading group reading activities.
Needless to say, the use of the library and an active Student Library Club has provided low literacy level students with greater confidence and ability of reading and understanding Spanish texts.
Recognizing the assets of a community includes local youth. Youth are very resilient and have many gifts to contribute if given the space, support and appropriate guidance. Thanks to your support, and the support of the Cerro de Oro community. The student leaders at the La Cumbre School now have a communal space and collection of books that allows them to indulge in their curiosity, develop literacy skills and realize their own strengths and leadership abilities.