Wednesday, November 21, 2012

It is Graduation time!!!

It is Graduation time!!!!!!!!!!!

So many of our students are is such a joyous time for the families!
All our pre schools are having their graduation ceremonies.
Yesterday, the Panajachel Pre school...had their graduation.
It is our 4th graduation ceremony from our little pre-school.
25 students graduated!
It is a bitter sweet time. 
Some of those students have been there since they were 3 years old and now they are moving onto elementary school.
One of them , little Walter when he came , he could not hear well  and he could not speak.  
We were able to get him medical care and he is now hearing well and is speaking fine ....this took several years of wasn't overnight but it is a huge victory for him. Without having come to the pre school, he would not be going to school for the first time ...and not being able to speak.
All of the students that graduated are starting school with a huge helping hand.
They can all write letters and numbers, they can count, they can speak Spanish and they like learning. 
Their parents were so proud! 
They had all put in money to buy gifts for myself, Gloria, Sandra and the two Padrinos for the ceremony, Rachel and her husband, Daniel. 
Then after the ceremony they presented us with a delicious chicken lunch.
It was a very special day. 
I couldn't help but have tears in my eyes watching all those little ones moving onto the next step in their lives.
Today we are having our first Graduation from the Chukumuk pre school!
We are also very, very fortunate to have the wonderful people from the Nuestros Ninos group (  Angela, the group leader  is a member of our Mayan Families Connection as well)
they will be coming with us to Chukumuk this morning.
They have a bag of food for each child to take home plus they have a blanket and a gift bag for each child!!!
This is going to be one very , very happy day for each of these families. 
The families are so much in need of food in Chukumuk.
Nuestros Ninos has also made a special treat for each child, they have taken the photos off each student page and made them a Memory Book!  How wonderful is that!!!!
They will then be installing 4 stoves in Chukumuk  and then installing 5 stoves to the rest of the families in Aqua Escondido who do not have stoves. 
We will have photos posted for you as soon as we can.
Also today the Jnr. High School in Tierra Linda is holding their special day when they will present all the work that they done through the year and they will also have a theatre performance and I am sure that they will be playing music with all the wonderful new band equipment that they have received.
Tonight we will be celebrating an early Thanksgiving with Mayan Families staff and volunteers. 
Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving.
We are so thankful for each and everyone of you!
Sharon Smart-Poage
a registered 501.(c).(3) Non Profit Charity

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