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Friday 07.30.21
Schools out, but our students are still learning! 
Check out what we've been up to this summer at Yspaniola.
Learning through Stories
Our students designing their own gardens during Reading Hour
At Yspaniola, we are all too aware of the risk of Summer Learning Loss for our students. According to Brookings Institution, students can lose between 25-30% of what they learned during summer break. This unfortunate trend is often reflected in our pre-and post-summer vacation student test results. Following a year where public school teaching has been almost entirely virtual, our classes have been the only in-person education many students in Batey Libertad have received.

To help combat this effect, our summer intern, Emery, has been working with our fantastic local assistants Beatriz and Oriana, throughout the month of July to host ever popular Reading Hours for our younger students.

In each session, students have a readaloud from classic children's books like The Rainbow Fish and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, followed by related games and activities that build vital literacy and motor skills, so they can keep up with their learning throughout the summer months!
Thank You Yspaniola Donors
Friend, this past year has been a challenge for us all. At Yspaniola we have altered our programming to adapt to the changes in our world. With the help of your support and our amazing donor base, we have been able to purchase thousands of masks, hundreds of bottles of hand sanitizer, and all the cleaning supplies needed to keep our staff and students safe!

From the whole Yspaniola team we thank you so much for helping us continue our programming in a safe manner in these unprecedented times. We hope you will continue to support us and our mission as the world starts to move into life after the pandemic. 
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Summer School, in English!
Emery and some of her English students on the last day of class
This summer, Yspaniola also held a 6-week long English class for older students. Taught by Emery in small groups of seven, they have learned how to use the present tense in English, talk about themselves, and even learned about British and American culture. It was great to see how eager our students were to learn a new language. Many other community members asked to join, and though places were limited this summer due to COVID-19 restrictions, we hope to offer more English classes in the future!
🙏 Did you know ? 🙏

Yesterday, Thursday, July 29 was National Intern Day. We are so thankful for our interns and fellows that have worked with us in Batey Libertad over the years!
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