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Milford High School Students Take Their ABC’s To A Higher Level

Excited –pumped and eager to serve best describes this weeks teen speakers, Victoria Beyer (right) and Ashby Hobart, who are freshmen at Milford High School as their shared they plans about going to Guatemala with educator Roger Bourassa, administrator of the Perduco Center in Mansfield, Ma. Perduco is an educational center for self-directed learning, entrepreneurship, and global awareness. In late June they will join with, Liam from Mansfield High School and nine other out of state high school students as they gather in Boston to prepare for, and depart on, an incredible experiential learning adventure in Guatemala.

Their project Con Los Ojos Abiertos! 2014, includes creating a bilingual ABC book for the children of The School of Hope, a project of Education for The Children, in Jocotenango. They hope to publish and distribute at least 100 books to classrooms at The School of Hope, as well as to schools, libraries, and organizations in Massachusetts, including Early Childhood Resource Centers.

According to the World Bank, youth literacy rates in Guatemala remain the lowest in Central America and the Caribbean. Low levels of literacy, and education in general, can impede the economic development of a country.

Ashby, Victoria, and Liam, from Mansfield, hope to change that. By providing bilingual ABC books to The School of Hope, they will instill a joy of reading and learning in the children. The bilingual ABC book will include words and sentences relevant to the daily lives of the children at The School of Hope. Rotarians were very impressed with the students presentation and their desire to "Serve Others' and voted to donate $250 to help fund the production of the "ABC Book".

While at The School of Hope in Guatemala, Ashby, Victoria, and Liam, will be working with students and staff to create the book.

They will be taking photographs of students engaged in activities associated with a given word and sentence, and working with the local teachers to guarantee accuracy. Their physical presence in Guatemala, engaging in Spanish language classes and cultural learning activities will ensure the relevancy and authenticity of this project.

The School of Hope in Guatemala is a project of Education for the Children foundation, which provides hope to families who cannot afford the costs of school supplies, transportation, uniforms and food.

The School of Hope provides children with an education so that they do not have to work in the fields or wander the streets begging for food. Many of the children at The School of Hope come from the poorest of backgrounds, living in corrugated tin shacks with mud floor.

Posted by Tom Sawyer. Some of the information in this article came from the projects fund raising web site.


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