I got to the primary school this afternoon to sort out some of the old books and was greeted by our headmistress who was wearing the biggest grin on her face! Hundreds of books sent by my Michigan church family have arrived!
A flurry of students helped us sort out the books onto the new shelves- we were so excited I barely remembered to take photos. (excuse the blurr!)
First, the students got their hands on the new books and all they could say was “Awo awo awo!!!” as they pulled out stories about princesses and dragons and dolphins and fairies and bugs- the essential childhood topics!
Books came for every level- kindy through 8th grade, and I saw book after beautiful book from my childhood- all of the great ones: Rainbow fish, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The hungry Catepillar, Nancy Drew, Dr. Sues, the Narnia series, and a million others.
Here’s Leitau in the brand new section for grades 7&8. Previously there were about 20 dusty old books for these students- now over 150 reading books alone! Great teaching resources came as well- more on that later…
(The students were shy at first) Can you see these books?!?! A box FULL of science and social studies and every kind of subject book came full of pictures and diagrams- fantastic resources for the students AND their teachers. The school had nothing like this- and without internet easily accessible things like describing snow and deserts were difficult for these tropical island dwellers. Now we have books full of pictures on a huge range of topics.
On the left is our headmistress, Mrs. Noylin, and on the right Mrs. Thompson who teaches grades 1 and 2. After the students left and the dust settled they got their turn to look around. Mrs. Thompson found a stack of early Phonics books and site word cards which she quickly put her stamp on. Mrs. Noylin found “Our Government” a book about democracy for her grade 7 social studies class. THEN they found what they would be reading on their own time- “Nancy Drew all the way!” :)
So this is just a brief update and a huge THANK YOU!– we still have a lot of unpacking to do! I’ll be sure to take more photos in the next few weeks as the library continues to come together and as the books start to be put into use. We plan to have an opening ceremony and an official thank you for the library the last week of school (my last week on Epi!) around Thanksgiving time.
God Bless my Grandville United Methodist Church family for sending this blessing around the world. You made 200 kids and teachers extremely happy today and are brightening the lives of hundreds more for years to come!
Sipa way sipa way sipa!!! (thank you thank you thank you!!!)
Lynn and all of Akama Primary School