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Thousands of Books Donated to Schools in Belize

>PRWEB.COM Newswire

Golden, Colo. (PRWEB) June 29, 2012

Five thousand and five hundred children’s books set off recently for classrooms in Belize. Children throughout the Denver Metro area collected used books at a variety of schools for anxious readers in Belize. Including this last shipment of books, the Belize Education Project has delivered over 20,000 books to classrooms in this Central American nation.

The Belize Education Project began in 2007 when first grade teacher, Jean Kirshner, traveled to Belize on a medical mission with Rebecca Knight, MD. When seeing classrooms without books, Kirshner envisioned them filled with high quality children’s books. With hundreds of generous children and tireless teachers, the vision has come to fruition. This year Mammoth Heights Elementary School, Douglas County School District, Homestead Elementary, Cherry Creek School District, Patterson Elementary School, and Jefferson County School District collected over 5,000 children’s books.

The Belize Education Project began supporting just one school, but the organization has expanded to support three schools in three different towns in Belize. Each of these schools not only has books in their classrooms, but they now are beginning school libraries as well.

Principal of Eden Primary School, Tharine Gabourel, expressed her appreciation for the books that Belize Education Project has previously sent. “We are very thankful for the books that we have received from Colorado under the kind leadership of Mrs. Jean. Kirshner. All of our children are growing as readers. The students are allowed to borrow the books as well, so that their parents and siblings can also appreciate and benefit from them. The teachers are also excited to have their own class libraries!”

In addition to providing books and school supplies, a team of Colorado teachers from the Belize Education Project travels to Belize each October to work with students, teachers, and families on reading and instructional strategies. Each spring, the Belize Education Project brings educators from Belize to Colorado to observe and learn from classrooms in the Denver area. This past April, eight educators were able to travel to Colorado. The teachers from Belize stayed with Colorado teachers and spent the week observing in their classrooms.

As the 5,500 books set off for their long voyage to Belize, Jean Kirshner notes, “This may be a long journey, but it is only one of many travels for these books, as their pages will soon be taking children of Belize to different places, times, ideas, and thoughts!”

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