This post comes from Meridith Heckler. Meridith is a sophomore at Kenyon College. I had the great privilege to travel with her to Guatemala where she spent the week working with the children in our after-school program. Here is what she writes and she has attached a wonderful video of the children which you will love!
"The students diligently worked to complete their lessons on Khan Academy (an online program with differing levels of mathematics) and Raz Kids (an online program with differing Spanish leveled reading) as they usually do. Some of the students have read all the Spanish electronic books on Raz Kids leveled A-Z. So, they have listened, read aloud, and happily took reading comprehension quizzes for over 250 different books. Their eagerness for learning can also be seen in mathematics: an eight year old girl just delightedly learned to multiply decimals accurately and an eleven year old now understands how to divide fractions.
After spending most of the week assisting students with Math and Reading, it was a treat to hear them sing "Orgulloso de ser Chapin" (translates to "Proud to be a Guatemalan"). The song's lyrics explain how it is an honor to be Guatemalan (or "Eres un Guatemalteco con honor"). I feel that these immensely respectful students' gratification can expand beyond the pride of their country as they can hold pride in their progress in literacy and math as well! With absolute sincerity I tell the students, "Usted debe estar orgulloso de todo el trabajo duro," or "You should be proud of all your hard work!" By attending the SewHope program, the children have made tremendous strides they can certainly be proud of. It makes me smile knowing that these students have the opportunity to sing this heartfelt song together about their Guatemalan pride. I feel humbled and honored to have the privilege to teach them and for them to teach me!"