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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
When 34 of Guatemala City's most at-risk children marched down the aisle to receive their Escuelita graduation certificates last week, it was different than prior years when we've celebrated academic success. This year, these 34 smiling faces will not face long walks to over 30 different public schools, nor will they be saddled with mountains of rote and repetitive homework that we help them finish. In 2013, these bright young people who've faced every disadvantage one can imagine will be the first first grade classes to graduate from Safe Passage as their primary school.
Monday, October 29th, 2012
Happiness filled the air on Friday, October 26th as the Escuelita celebrated their First Annual Graduation! This year was the Escuelita’s first year as an official school recognized by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education. Wearing wide smiles and graduation caps, thirty four graduates marched down the aisle to receive their diplomas and strike a pose for the camera. In January when the new school year starts, the Escuelita’s six-year-olds will be moving on to the Educational Reinforcement Center to continue growing their minds and bodies still within Safe Passage.
Friday, October 26th, 2012
On September 28th, the Creative Expression program closed out this year's morning program with a grand final presentation here at Safe Passage. This year, we have been working with the theme Imagination versus Reality. In each class, we discussed what their reality is like and how it interacts with their dreams, and the most important question of all, ¨can we use our imagination to transcend our reality?¨ Each student had a different response.
Saturday, October 20th, 2012
Every kid is a little bit different. Yulisa likes to hold my hand and take the stairs two at a time on the way down to the library for our forty minutes of tutoring. Once we reach the bottom of the stairs she declares herself the winner. Sometimes I protest. “No I won,” I say. “No,” she says. “You never
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