Once again we are so grateful to teacher John and his French 2 students from Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center in Chicago. The students have created a set of 100 beautifully written and illustrated books and sent them to us to share with Haitian children.
Our friend Susy, of Haitian Education Initiatives was headed to Jacmel, Haiti. She promised to bring the books directly to her students in Haiti.
Many thanks to John, your students, and the members of Wonderland BookSavers for creating, donating and distributing the charming illustrated stories for the children at Haitian Educational Initiatives’ Cayes-Jacmel campus.
The children absolutely loved them!
It was a hot, sunny Saturday morning in early May at our weekend craft, feeding, and job training program and the Papillons (30 kids aged 3-9) had just finished making headbands as their craft project. They were charged with sitting quietly for 15 minutes until lunch was served and you can imagine how hard that was for them to do! Fortunately, I had your books with me and distributed a pile at each table.
The children opened them up at once. Some at the far end were worried they might not get one but there were plenty for everybody. They marveled at the stories and illustrations, reading aloud rather than silently, as is their custom. There was a lot of trading around so the children could sample several, then they took turns reading their book to the whole group.
Book-making is a novel idea in Haiti: kids are not offered creative challenges like John’s students are. Since most Haitian students learn by rote and don’t have creative materials at home or at school, they don’t get to draw and write imaginatively. Your books truly astounded them. Thank you for providing such pleasure and inspiration! Congratulations to all the American students, teachers, and organizers who made this project possible. It was a great success.
Thank you so much for the photos and kind letter. I read it to all of my French 2 classes yesterday. I also showed it to my principal and it made her cry 🙂 I am so happy we have continued this relationship and hope to have even better books next year!
If your class is interested in participating in this amazing project, we know children all over the world would enjoy your novel creations! Send us a note, and tell us what language you would like to explore!