Caution-Cuidado…adorable children ahead!

School started last week. Children go to school here in the village from first through fifth grade. The first day something unusual happens: all the students and parents helped the teachers CLEAN the classrooms! By the time I visited on Wednesday, the rooms were as sparking as could be and you could see the pride of ownership on all their faces. I had a really important task during my visit to the first and second grade class: cutting out animal faces from sheets of wrapping paper for the kids to paste on their workbooks. I had my own little cohort of helpers calling out as I cut a new one: Leon! Tigre! Oso! Yes, they were saying lions and tigers and bears. “Wizard of Oz Finds New Fans in Mexico,” the headline will read.

Nothing I could write will better describe the Ek Balam school than these pictures, so please enjoy them!

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