Photos by Jeff Leventhal
Pop Wuj held its Annual Scholarship Assembly on Wednesday November 26, 2014, inviting over 140 scholarship students and their family members to the Pop Wuj for a day full of activities.
It all started at 8am with medical checkups for the scholarship students. All students were weighed, measured, and given preventive anti-parasitic medication, a fluoride treatment, and month's supply of vitamins. If any student was sick, they also had a full consult with one of the Pop Wuj staff doctors.
|Ingrid, being weighed and measured|
|Vitaminas para todos!|
|Michael and Oscar playing guitar|
Carmen honored the thirteen high school graduates. Eight young women and five young men graduated from high school this year. Some of these graduates expect to continue studying part-time next year. Others will begin working full time.
|High school graduates|
|Basico (middle school) graduates|
|Primary school graduates|
Next, piping hot paches de arroz (rice tamales) and hot fruit punch were served. Doña Delfina and the mothers of the Family Support Center children and youth prepared 400 paches!
|Serving the paches|
After lunch Adam and Jeff corralled the students for pictures on the roof. Carmen and Amy met with community leaders and individual families to receive last-minute grades, distribute the December scholarship payment, and provide school supplies for the 2015 school year.
|Students from the Llanos del Pinal group|
|Students from Momostenango|
|Students from the Xeabj II group|
|Students from the Chiriquiac group|
|Students from the San Juan Ostuncalco group|
|Students from Xela|
The very last stop of the day was the "paca." We offered clothing, shoes, and various other items for sale at very low prices. The approximately $50 that we made from the sale went directly back into the Scholarship Program Fund at Pop Wuj.
|Craziness ensued in the paca|
It was a long and tiring day, but it was fantastic to see so many students together, recognized for their academic achievements and their families' perseverance in the face of countless obstacles. The 2015 school year begins in mid-January and we're hoping for an even better year for our students!