Kindergarten graduations in Agua Escondida

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Last week, the kindergarten in Agua Escondida celebrated graduations and the end of another school year with much dancing and singing!

The teacher, Arsenia, and her students.

The teacher, Arsenia, and her students.

The graduates dance the tradicional waltz. How elegant!

The graduates dance the tradicional waltz. How elegant!

The community of Agua Escondida is located in a marginal, semi-rural zone in La Libertad, in the shadow of a Kimberly-Clark factory in the municipality of San Juan Opico. The kindergarten in the community is an effort supported by Bellarmine High School in San José, California and was born out of a desire to help children have access to early childhood education. The kindergarten has really produced incredible results, as some of the first students to study there are now studying in high school and earning top grades.

The kinder is called “The Monseñor Romero Center for Child Development,” and the teacher is Arsenia Benitez. Arsenia just finished her eleventh year working in the community, who travels to the school via bike, bus, and foot every day. She teaches three levels of preschool/kindergarten called “Kinder 4”, “Kinder 5” and “Prepa”, after which the students are ready for first grade. They spend their time in the school learning about the alphabet, numbers, colors, and culture, and Arsenia incorporates quite a bit of singing, art, and, of course, PLAY!

Congratulations to the students and their families, to Arsenia, and to Bellarmine! This celebration was full of life and hope. Enjoy the following photos of the graduates and a video of them dancing a goofy number for their families!

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