The library that was just opened up in our new location in the ChukMuk School has come leaps and bounds in the last month thanks to a lot of work from the Library Coordinator, Johanny, and Librarian, Lidia, along with the Program Manager, Montse. The shelves are slowly but steadily being filled with more stories and textbooks, the walls are decorated with bright colors to warm up the cinderblock classroom, and the literacy activities are in full swing. One of the teachers, Gaspar Sapalú, mentioned “The kids love to go to the library activities, their only complaint is they wish they could go everyday!”
Even when the kids don’t have a scheduled library time that day, the books come to their classroom with “traveling suitcases” that contain materials for teachers to keep up their own literacy activities. The kids are also taking full advantage of our free hour each day where they often practice reading aloud in Spanish. Most of their parents speak only the local Tzu’tujil language, so school is often the only time for practicing their Spanish that will no doubt open opportunities for them in the future.
This month we also organized a school-wide event that got everyone reading! To celebrate the Internacional Día Del Libro, we had each teacher read a story to their class, and the students got to design their own bookmarks. At the end of the week, seven winners were chosen and given prizes based on their understanding and creative depiction of the story. Encouraging kids to use their imagination to make a story come to life not only helps stimulate their minds, but also fosters a love of reading!