Edwards Elementary sends Spanish books to Guatemala
Edwards, CO Colorado
EDWARDS, Colorado – Hundreds of children in communities throughout Guatemala now have access to beautiful storybooks thanks to the collaborative effort of the Edwards Rotary Club, Edwards Elementary dual language program, Vail Transportation Service, Reading Village and Books for Humanity.
Guatemala has the lowest literacy rate of any country in the Western Hemisphere, with the exception of Haiti. With half the population living on less than $2 a day, families are too poor to buy books. Libraries are also rare and even schools are often without books.
Emily Larsen, assistant principal at Edwards Elementary, had hundreds of surplus Spanish-language storybooks but had no means to move them. She contacted the Edwards Rotary Club, known for its international humanitarian work.
The club then connected the school with Reading Village, a Boulder-based nonprofit that promotes literacy in Guatemala, and solicited Rotary member Vail Transportation Service to deliver the books to Boulder where Books for Humanity contributed the funds and experience to ship the books to Guatemala.
Ana del Rosario Ruiz, who runs one of the recipient reading promotion programs in Zacapa, Guatemala, was thrilled to receive the books.
“Thank you for these beautiful books,” she said. “They are a wonderful addition to our small, but growing library and will contribute to our children’s education and habit of reading.”
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