The teachers continue to use the manipulative materials we had brought down with varying degrees of commitment in the four schools. We were able to send three teachers from three schools to a more in-depth educational conference in Port au Prince and Raphaella Baker, a Haitian woman who has a wonderful learn-to-read program with songs and stories about each letter, came out to Deschapelles to do a workshop focused on this method which each of the original EETT participants were invited to attend. Our next step, at the request of the teachers in Haiti, is to have four teachers well versed in use of manipulatives travel to Deschapelles to spend a week-long in-school trip where they can help the teachers even more in the use and importance of manipulatives as well as reading to the children. This will set the stage for our ultimate goal which is to provide a week long workshop in manipulatives and reading to children 3-6 for all the interested schools in Deschapelles. Furthering our goal to establish meaningful relationships, we will have the great pleasure of having the director of Ecole Flamboyant, Kettelie Petit-Loute visit Essex in early March. She will have the opportunity to visit several schools in southeastern Connecticut to increase her knowledge about how schools and libraries function in Essex as well as give those here knowledge about someone who works so well on behalf of the children in Deschapelles.
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