Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Donations for Hurricane Dean victims

Hekab Be has already sent some of the used clothing (for children, teens & adults) and school supplies that we had on hand to hurricane victims in Mahahual. We are happy to receive other donations, including more used clothes, canned foods, diapers & toys, and we will make sure they are taken to those in need.
Mahahual is not the only area that was hard hit by the hurricane (although it took the most direct hit). If you have specific or first-hand information about other areas in need of support of this type, or about other supplies that are needed, please contact Maggie and we will do our best to help coordinate these relief efforts.
Thank you! Your generosity is what makes this all possible.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Post-Hurricane News: People & Library Alright

Just a quick note to let everyone know that all of HB –staff, buildings and new roof-- came through Dean just fine. We are so thankful that the brunt of this storm landed in a relatively unpopulated part of the Yucatan.
HB is open today and back to business as usual, open from 9-1 Mon-Sat,
3-6 Mon-Fri.
Special thanks to Allyn Papagay & other volunteers for helping with pre-storm preparations!

A message from Maggie (who was already in the US visiting family before Dean came into existence):
Thank you to all of you who sent good thoughts and genuine concern regarding how the library fared with Hurricane Dean. We were ready for whatever the hurricane was going to bring on us. I am in the US at present but have been in contact with staff and volunteers since Dean first appeared on the radar. Please be assured that I have received news that everyone (this includes staff, children and local residents) are safe and certainly not as traumatized as the last go round with Wilma. Thank you again for all of your support - we would not be here without it.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Special thanks to HB supporters from an Akumal parent

A note from Emilia May, one of our (part-time) teachers and a parent of three:
Hola amigos de la biblioteca Hekab Be:
Es un gusto platicarles a todos los que estan interesados actualmente en la biblioteca, es un orgullo trabajar con los niños de Akumal ya que gracias a su aportación y apoyo se logran grandes cosas, desde el lugar donde se hacen las actividades hasta el pegamento, las tijeras y todos los materiales que utilizamos para llevarse a cabo los programas planeados para la coordinación.
Este curso de verano fue un éxito para mi ya que dentro del programa estaban los idiomas-- ingles les interesa mucho a los papas que sus hijos aprendan este idioma. Pero en lo personal, y creo que coincido con Maggie y Carlos, nos interesa rescatar nuestra cultura. Aunque no solamente buscamos los intereses de los adultos sino que tambien la de los ninos es por eso que teniamos ciencias, artes, geografia etc. y lo trabajamos de una forma divertida e interesante. Que más les gusto a los ninos fueron las cosas nuevas como experimentos, muchas gracias! --- Emilia

Summer school activities & helpers

***Special thanks to Lisa Haynes for generously requesting that the Hekab Be Biblioteca be the recipient of the proceeds from the Larry Joe Taylor Concert held July 20th at Lol Ha Restaurant.

August arrived before we knew it!!

The Hekab Be Library staff has been extremely busy the past 2 ½ months doing what we do best – enhancing the local education of children, teens and adults and diligently contributing to the overall spirit of community here in Akumal.

Summer School began at the library on the 9th of July, with over 70 participants! This is remarkable considering the local students only have 7 weeks off for Summer Break. Knowing that most of these kids would only have 2-3 weeks of “time away from study” – the Summer Course plan had one major objective- Learning while having fun.
We started off with a Botany lesson (Monday is Science day) with each student planting a bean sprout, which in turn they were responsible for taking care of.

They learned on Tuesdays/Art Day – how to Salsa and Cha Cha, how to play percussion instruments, were introduced to the world of Mexican artists, then encouraged to close their eyes and paint from their imagination. They have listened to music from all over the world, discussed the various forms – including Classical, Opera (Andrea Bocelli was a big hit), French, Spanish and Latin.

Wednesdays (Language day) they have studied Maya, English and Spanish Grammar.

Thursdays (History/Geography) they have had lectures on the Mundo Maya, Mexican History, Mexican Geography, discussions regarding the continents. We want to broaden their World, and they have enjoyed studying other cultures as well as their own.

Fridays (Art projects/Fun) - Football (Soccer), Softball, and the memorable Kite/ Beach day.

In addition to our local children we also hosted several children from the Education Center in Puerto Aventuras leading to a new working relationship between the Hekab Be and a partner educational organization.

The program ended with a lively fiesta and all the kids who participated were given a packet of school supplies to start the new academic year out right!!

A special thanks to the following people for their assistance with our most successful Summer School to date!

Our teachers: Carlos Pech, Emilia May, Reyna Gamboa, Kyla Booher, Mariana Isunza Ochoa , Alexa Schwartz, Megan Jones, Maggie.

Mauricio Bautista- CEA – for assistance with teaching
Gary and Martha Bemis – for providing ongoing support and refreshments for Harry Potter Day (VHS – the first one not the new one!)
Scott Brown (Sac Be/Kosmos) – for use of percussion instruments.
Laura Bush Wolfe and David Wolfe – for their consistent support of the library, uses of the Akumal Caribe´s pool, lunch for our “Puerto” kids and pizza for our “End of Summer School Fiesta.”
Hilario Hiler – for a fascinating “hands on” lecture about Mayan tools and instruments.
George Jones – for photography on Kite Day.
Ray Ortega- for several wonderful musical performances and he and his family’s support for future library programming.
Allyn Papagay – For his constant help with maintaining the library and assistance with our “Puerto” kids.
Charlene Powell (Chomak) for assistance with the fiesta.
Paul Sanchez-Navarro – For his support and use of over 20 of CEA´s chairs.
Lunda and Alexa Schwartz- for assistance with the fiesta and teaching.
Karla Selvaterra – of SAVE for teaching assistance
Marcia Tschelling – For her assistance and work with our “special kids” from Puerto Aventuras.
J.J. Usher – of J.J. Usher Band – for a rocking improve jam session on Music Day.