Our new librarian Marilu (far right).
Drum roll please...The results are in, and they are outstanding! Thank you so much for helping us reach the goal of our Spring fundraising campaign. We set an ambitious goal of $8,280 and managed to blow it out of the water, raising a total of $8,735 from donations made through GlobalGiving, by mail, and through our website. Thanks to all of you who donated and helped spread the word among your networks, we had the most successful fundraising campaign in LHI history!
After all your work, we've started our work of putting the funds raised to good use for the Saber Sin Límites (Limitless Knowledge) community library. We have purchased art supplies for Story Hour, expanded our young adult and children's book collections, and most importantly, added a new staff member to help kids learn to read those books. Our first priority after the campaign was to hire an assistant librarian. Marilú is the newest member of the ever-growing LHI team, and we are so excited to have her. She has a degree as a preschool teacher from the competitive Socorro High School in Antigua and brings with her a range of skills that we are very excited to add to the library team. She will use her stellar written Spanish language skills to help students with their homework and her outstanding dynamic reading abilities to engage students during Story Hour. She also loves interactive learning and wants to start a drama club in November when students begin their school vacation. We are grateful to have Marilú's energy, patience, and expertise on the team -- and we couldn't have done it without your support!
We are so grateful to have you supporting us to ensure the greatest possible impact on literacy and educational development in Chajul and we look forward to keeping you updated on our progress.
A little Story Hour learner shows off his artwork.