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School's Out For the Summer!

I know this blog post is a little late, but it's been busy down here and its never too late to share adorable pictures, right? Classes ended for the summer about three weeks ago now, which means things have changed pace dramatically, with no more teaching in the schools and no more after-school English. School's end also means we had the pleasure of attending three wonderful graduation ceremonies. And, as I've discovered, the people of La Manz know how to do a ceremony.

First was the Kinder graduation, which was possibly the one with the most attendance and pomp of all three. It was also most adorable. How could it not be when the niños were dressed to the nines and there was dancing all over the place?

Kinder graduates thanking their teachers

At the start of every graduation, there is a flag march. At the Kinder we couldn't tell it was tradition because their steps weren't really together. The secundaria and primaria students made it much more obvious. Their shuffles and marches and "Ya!"s were perfect. It was especially entertaining to watch the kids that we teach in class show so much strict discipline!

Primaria Flag March















Graduating from Secundaria here is an accomplishment, as it seems that more and more students begin to work as they progress in schooling. There are many costs to continuing schooling like school fees, transportation, lunch, uniforms, and textbooks. The foundation awarded scholarships to students in each grade, including those going on to high school, which is an even bigger accomplishment. 

We recognized the secundaria students who were awarded Wings scholarships as the ones who often worked the hardest in our English classes. There are many requirements to keep up their funding, including attending extra classes and completing volunteer work in the community. One of their volunteer options is helping out with the LCEF Summer Camp. Already, many of our volunteers have excelled, taking initiative in the classroom and some even practicing English with the kids.




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