The Women’s Summer English Language program, under the direction
of Alicia Myhrer, was held in June 2003. Sixteen women participated, with 36
children and 28 volunteers. The women and children met each Tuesday and
Thursday in June from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Language classes were held on
Tuesdays, while Thursdays were spent at various site locations, including
visits to the library and the State House. The program provided the mothers an
opportunity to learn and practice their English.
This fall, we are sponsoring 4 programs:
- Mother’s and Children’s
- Men’s Evening Program
- Computer Training
- Spanish Program for English
Please contact Alicia Myhrer for additional information on
Bibliotecas para las Familias
In September 2002, Reading is Power began a new program called “Bibliotecas
para las Familias” (Libraries for Families). This program places small
libraries of bilingual developmental, read aloud, and picture books for
pre-school children in the homes of Hispanic families in need. The primary goal
of the project is to improve the school readiness scores of Hispanic children
ages 0-5, while instilling in them a love for reading and books.
Bilingual books were chosen so that non-English speaking Hispanic
parents and their English speaking school age children are both able to read
aloud to the preschool children in the home. This serves to improve their
language skills while strengthening the emotional bonds between the family
We have worked closely with the ESL coordinator at the local
school district to identify families for the program. Libraries containing 20
books are complete and currently being used by 6 families who are participating
in a pilot program. Over 100 small libraries have been delivered through this
program since inception.
Asociación Save the Children Honduras
We are happy to report that through our relationship with the
Special Missions Foundation of Georgetown, TX, we were able to identify a new
Honduran partner, Asociación Save the Children Honduras (ASCH).
In partnership with ASCH, we are changing the way we do things
based on what we have learned. We will provide much smaller libraries
(approximately 200 books) that can be grown over time to create large
libraries. Using this approach and the same financial resources, we will
provide small libraries to six communities with the same effort that we
previously delivered a single library. This will allow us to get books in the
hands of more children sooner.
ASCH has identified 75 communities needing libraries. They have
prioritized the list and identified the six communities that will receive the
first libraries. These communities are: Villa Francis, Chiligatoro, Pinares,
Quebrada de Lajas, Cruz Alta, and Pueblo Viejo Centro.
5th grade students at Rosewood Elementary School
performed all the work to deliver the first six libraries as their yearly
Community Service Project. These libraries were delivered to the communities on
May 17th, 2003. Over 150 libraries have been delivered through this program
since its inception.