In January 2016, CLCS students sent pen pal letters for the first time to school children at Ramon Rosa Elementary School in El Rodeito, Honduras, through an organization called Mayor Potencial. Mayor Potencial is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization using social entrepreneurship to improve access to education in rural Latin America, among other things. We began collaborating with their efforts in the Fall of 2015, by sending school supplies to Ramon Rosa, an elementary school similar in size to our own school. Looking for more ways to connect with the students at Ramon Rosa, we asked Nancy Bell, the director of Mayor Potencial, if we could write letters to the students there. We were thrilled to discover that Mrs. Bell was looking for schools to take part in their Pen Pal Program. We jumped at the chance, and have been exchanging letters ever since.
Each year we look forward to writing in Spanish, to our friends in Honduras, with help from Miss Jones during Spanish class, and then receiving the replies back. After letters were exchanged over Christmas break 2016, we received some beautiful artwork made by our friends, and plan to respond in kind with our next batch of letters.
Nancy Bell, of Mayor Potencial, and her team of Cornell students, have visited CLCS several times. They share stories, pictures and videos of the students at Ramon Rosa. We are thrilled to be working with this team of people, and to be nurturing friendships between the students of these two schools! Thank you Mayor Potencial for helping us make new friends in Honduras!