The Inauguration

This month is going down in the books for me. We have waited and waited to see the first Living Library inaugurated in the public school setting, and it finally happened. It was such an exciting event for me, and I was full of emotion. We have been approved by the ministry of education to offer staff development hours to the professional teaching community in Arequipa and its surrounding districts. Last year, we were seeking out schools to begin our first library setting. Alfredo told me that we have four schools already asking to be the home of our next library for next year. The principals and teachers are eager to hear new strategies for teaching reading, and it is such a blessing to take part in a program that offers that opportunity to them.

The inauguration was a beautiful event. The minister of education, the director of staff development, the Rotary and Interact Clubs, principals from several of the surrounding schools, and one of our visiting board members, David Fann, all attended the special event along with the school and CUDA staff. I was presented with a special pin from the minister of education as a symbol of his approval of the program. The school year has gone so well thus far. We are far beyond blessed to have reached this point with the Library Program. Thanks to all of you that have supported us in this endeavor. I wanted to share some pictures from the special day:

  Standing with the minister of education and the director of staff development

Standing with the minister of education and the director of staff development

  The minister of education handing over the signed papers to Alfredo, CUDA executive director

The minister of education handing over the signed papers to Alfredo, CUDA executive director

  Lucia (CUDA Living Library director) and me posing with most of the teachers from the school from this school year

Lucia (CUDA Living Library director) and me posing with most of the teachers from the school from this school year

  David Fann with the CUDA staff (Greg, David, Megan, Alfredo, Lucia, Abraham)

David Fann with the CUDA staff (Greg, David, Megan, Alfredo, Lucia, Abraham)