The excitement for the first day of elementary (primaria) school was intense. Parents were crowded in the entranceway of the school to see how their children would respond to the new environment and the equivalent to our Board of Education was there with Director Juan to present new drums and bugles to the school’s drum and bugle corps. Although we were actively involved in the Monday morning patriotic ceremony during our first year in Los Cabos, experiencing this special event at the school where Juan Mesa previously taught is one event we will remember.
The school itself is the Escuela Primaria Francisco Javier Mina (Francisco Javier Mina Elementary School). While our experience is limited, this school was by far one of the finest public schools we have ever seen. The entire facility is clean and well-maintained, with very nice buildings. There is a covered basketball court, a small lawn, and an area where snack or lunch items may be purchased. This kitchen/snack space is significant! The majority of our schools (while wealth abounds in our tourist areas), have no lunch facilities and only a handful have sponsors providing free lunches. Regretfully, few mothers make the effort to send even a light lunch with their children.
We want to thank our friend, Director Mesa, for his invitation to this first day of the school. It was an honor to see where he used to teach and to be a part of this experience!
We would like to ask everyone to continue to pray for the implementation of the Avanza sin Tranza (Thrive without Bribes) program in our area schools. Director Mesa is behind the program and we have the funds to implement the program, but it doesn’t seem to be a priority in our current city government. We have been told that in Mexico that you can ‘save face’ to say you are “working with a program” that you know is desperately needed in your city, even is that program is never implemented. Please pray that the offer for the Avanza sin Tranza program—without implementation—will not be sufficient in Los Cabos.