With the start of a new school year, the process of opening a fresh box of crayons, putting newly sharpened pencils in a plastic pencil case and writing the names of subjects on personalised notebooks was exciting! Following up on our school supply distribution program, we found, it is no different here in Playa del Carmen Mexico.
This past August, 682 students in 5 locations received bags of school supplies specific to their grades and the KKIS Volunteers who delivered them received 682 smiles, laughs and thank you’s.
We asked a few teachers at Nicte-ha, a school of 476 students where KKIS gave school supplies to every child, if they saw a difference in the children this year because they received all the supplies they needed on the first day of school.
Maria Jesus Burgos Aguilar, who has worked at the Nicte-Ha school for four years, told us that the kids were “more motivated than she had ever seen them. This was the first year that all the students started class with all the school supplies they needed.”
She said the children loved that they had folders for each subject. “Of course”, she said, “the principle economic benefit was for the families. Usually, children must wait for the parents to buy items often buying just one thing at a time. So in the past, students always had to share pencils and paper etc., and that is distracting. This year the students felt really motivated.”
Maria de los Angeles Leon Castellanos, another teacher at Nicte-ha, added, “…and it made our jobs [the teachers jobs] easier. We all noticed a difference in the children – much greater participation.”
Nodding and confirming the teachers comments, Nicte-ha’s afternoon Director Ricardo Abdias Castillo Yam said, “It makes a great impact when the children have materials. It really is a motivating factor.”
Then with great pride and sincerity, he added, “On behalf of the office of the Director, the teachers, the children and their parents, we thank KKIS and all of the people that made this possible. This is a great program and we hope to see you next year.”