Thursday, May 27, 2010

Support a Summer Scholar at HB!

MEET LISET & BALTA-- 2 GOOD REASONS TO SUPPORT THE LIBRARY SUMMER PROGRAM: Just $30 US will pay for a child to attend for the whole month!

Liset, age 7

Seven year old Liset showed up at the library a few months ago without a word of Spanish. Fortunately, our new, multilingual Assistant Director, Carlos, speaks Mayan (in addition to Spanish & English). He discovered that Liset had just moved to Akumal from a small town where everyone speaks Mayan and her school was also taught in Mayan. Living in Akumal, she had no one to turn to for help with her school work, since her dad works all day and her mom cannot read. Luckily she found her way to Hekab Be. At the library, Liset has been able to make friends and learn Spanish in an environment where there is support in her native language, and get help with her school work. The changes have been dramatic and so incredibly positive for Liset. We’re all are so proud of her!

Balta, age 9

Balta is in third grade and when he started coming to the library he didn't know how to read, he could barely even write his name. By participating in regular classes at the library, Balta has completely caught up to his grade level in reading, writing and math skills! Not only that, he has a lot of fun at the library & enjoys making friends with visitors. With both his parents working full time, Balta and his siblings used to spend their afternoons aimlessly wandering the town looking for something to do. Now they come to the library on a regular basis, where they can learn, play, and grow in a safe, supervised setting. What more could a child hope for?

Hekab Be helps open roads for the children and families who most need it. Now Liset, Balta & other children in Akumal need your help so they can attend the library’s summer school.

Can you contribute just $30 to support one child for Hekab Be's enrichment summer school? Our summer program runs for 4 weeks between July & August, for children ages 4 to 15. Just click on the donate button on the right side of this page or go to our donation blog.

Kids enjoy reading and games on the library patio during last year's summer school

The theme for our 2010 Summer School is Health and Well-Being. This year we are thrilled to have a summer intern from the University of Michigan join our team. Carrie is a master’s student getting her degree in Public Health & Social Work and will be providing a recreational component, as well as content in the area of health education, to our already robust summer program.

Monday-Friday the kids will participate in the following daily activities:

--> 45-60 minutes of recreational/sports activities

--> daily story time

--> academic instruction in literacy development, with content in areas related to health such as nutrition, the human body & health in the environment

--> an arts & crafts activity or science experiment related to the day’s activities, according to the children’s age

--> free play time at the library (on the jungle gym, puzzles, coloring, etc.)

Can you give a little more? The library always experiences a severe drop in material support following our summer activities, as we head into the low tourist season during the autumn months. If you can give even $10 or $20 more that would help see us through the important back-to-school months, when the kids of Akumal still need our services! Funds will be used to support our summer program and to help cover ongoing operational expenses.

All monetary donations are tax-deductible. Hekab Be Biblioteca, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, registered with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

¡Gracias de todos los niƱos de Akumal!

Thank you from all of Akumal’s Children!

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