Submitted by Lynnette Brown, Friends of FORMA Board Secretary
In Guatemala, November rolls to a close with an array of customary end-of-the-school-year events. For 100 primary students from the western highland communities that surround Lake Atitlan, November couldn’t come to a close soon enough! Those students waited impatiently for their first ever trip to the Parque Zooligo in Guatemala City. Many of these youngsters had never been to the zoo before this year. In fact, the trip to the zoo at the end of the year is a strong motivation for these young students. They will faithfully attend class and try their best to behave in anticipation of being selected to participate in the end of the year trip. The 2017 event was the crowning finale to a productive year of Saturday attendance at special tutorial classes taught by local high school students.
All the Saturday instruction was prepared and presented by nine of the brightest student scholars enrolled in the Forjando Mi Mañana (FORMA – Guatemala) scholarship program. Every Saturday, these dedicated student instructors led their young pupils in fun lessons that gave them extra help in basic skills: math, spelling and letter/word recognition, reading, writing and English.
These photos tell the whole story about the success of the Zoo Trip