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November 2008 

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Leave a Legacy
Culture of Reading Program
Fall Fiesta
Literacy & Learning Society
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Dear Friend,

Welcome to the fall edition of Cooperative Communications.  We hope you enjoy reading the latest in Cooperative for Education's efforts to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education. Read on to find out more about our newest program designed to get children excited about reading from a young age.
Focus on... 
Culture of Reading Program
girlsIn rural Guatemala, many students begin school with almost no knowledge of the written word.  It is likely that one or both of their parents are illiterate, Spanish is the second language in their households, and there are no books or reading materials of any kind in their homes.  Most of their primary school teachers have no more than a high school education and teach reading only once a week. 
With 43% of students leaving school after the first grade, revolutionary change in literacy education is desperately needed in Guatemala-and Cooperative for Education's Culture of Reading Program (CORP) provides this change.
CORP addresses the need for better teaching practices in literacy education in three steps:
  1. Provide intensive training sessions for the teachers.  Teachers learn to incorporate reading in the classroom, actively involve students, and improve student comprehension.
  2. Teachers teach reading on a daily basis using their acquired skills.
  3. Teachers make reading fun for their students.  Creative teaching plans involve:
    • Introducing the story book through pictures and discussion about what the story might entail, and then reading the book
    • The students acting out the story
    • The students retelling the story in their own words and creating their own versions of the teacher's book
    • The students writing new stories of their own.

boysMarroquín University is currently overseeing the pilot program of CORP in Santa Cruz with promising results.  The next CORP training session is to take place at the end of February and will expand to five more schools in the Sacatepéquez department.

Record breaking year for Fall Fiesta
Thank you for making this year's Fall Fiesta a success, raising over $70,000 for Cooperative for Education's critical programs in Guatemala.
Channel 5 News Anchor Sheree Paolello set the tone for the evening of October 24 with her warm welcome, and live entertainment by Poco Loco and Mike Heile kept the good times flowing all night. Everyone enjoyed the drinks and appetizers as they browsed silent auction and raffle items worth a combined total of over $50,000 in donated merchandise and services. 

fall fiesta slideshow

We owe a very special thanks to our event sponsors, silent auction and raffle donors. And of course, none of this would have been possible without the hardworking volunteers who made up our Fall Fiesta 2008 Committee:
Jenny Brady (Publicity & Attendance chair), Megan Halverson (Volunteer chair), Ed McCarter, Ellen Paxton (Patron Hour chair), Kevin Rodriguez, and Kathy Santen.
Thanks again for supporting CoEd's efforts in Guatemala! Join us again at next year's Fall Fiesta: Friday, October 23, 2009.
What's the Literacy & Learning Society?
The members of CoEd's prestigious Literacy & Learning Society have pledged to sponsor a computer workstation, school textbook program or computer center every year for the next five years.
"We're happy to give to Cooperative for Education through our Rotary Club's involvement with the Guatemala Literacy Project, but we feel it's important to make a personal gift as well.  The connection we felt with the kids we met in Guatemala is strengthened every time we receive a letter or photograph from the students who are getting a better education because of the commitment we made."
Gerrit & Carolee Terpstra, LLS Members
"When I first heard of the Literacy & Learning Society, it sounded like a financial sacrifice...until I figured it out and realized that it only takes $83 a month to provide computer access and training to students in a country where less than 2% of the population owns a computer but 80% of mid-level jobs require technical skills."
Becky Keating, LLS Member
The Literacy & Learning Society now has 50 members. Want to learn more? Click here!
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