Eight remarkable teens will join the 2010 Reading Village team of reading promoters. Living in an agricultural community they came to their interviews having quickly spruced up from their work in the fields. Some came with wet hair, others picking dirt from under their fingernails, and all in their best clothes. They told me of …Continue Reading
At the end of our time together we held a candle lighting ceremony. The reading promoters each lit and candle from a central white one. In Maya cosmology this symbolizes the light of life, which for us is literacy. They then each lit the candle of a volunteer, sharing a few words to express their …Continue Reading
Reading promoters invited us into their homes to share their lives and customs. We tried our hand at making tortillas, climbed inside an adobe steam bath called a "temascal," and admired the women's weaving skills.
Volunteers and reading promoters alike were stunned and delighted when four times the number of children expected showed up for our reading fiesta! Everyone played a part in reading stories and leading games and activities. The children all know our reading promoters by name and greet them warmly when they see them in them in …Continue Reading
Our teen reading promoters were a bit nervous about meeting a group of adults from the US. They feared these visitors might view their literacy promotion work with a stern and critical eye, yet they bravely welcomed the group of strangers with hugs and kisses. And they very quickly found themselves relaxed and laughing as …Continue Reading