The new Montessori school at our Las Alitas youth center in Juarez, Mexico, is off to a good start. We told you in a previous newsletter about the four young adults who received full scholarships to complete their Montessori certification. All of them are now teachers at our school.
We began this school year with 5 students enrolled. The teachers were concerned about so few kids to teach, but we told them it was better to start small as we got things going. “If we do a good a job, the word will get out and more parents will want their children to attend,” we said. And already another student has joined us.
Andrea, age 3, is one of our original students. She loves coming to school! She used to be very shy and didn’t want to leave her mother’s side. But now she looks forward to each school day where she concentrates on her tasks with happy determination.
The parents of our students are also committed to making this Montessori school a success. Our budget is very tight, so each parent takes turns volunteering to prepare meals. They take care of cleaning the classrooms regularly, which saves us from having to hire someone to clean.
It’s such a joy that we can offer such a solid educational experience to these children who live in this remote and destitute area.