AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
The After School Program ensures that many children of the pueblo can benefit by receiving continued educational instruction after the school day ends. Since the pandemic and ongoing closure of schools, Hekab Be has been able to continue. Morning classes for the youngest and afternoon classes for the older children has provided necessary socializing, as well as many fun learning activities.
Our goal is to keep the children excited about learning, and allow them to experience the richness of opportunities available to them. We want students to stay in school and open more possibilities for their future. And we keep it fun with occasional learning field trips to local beaches, cenotes, Monkey Sanctuary and other local areas of interest.
The focus on childhood development including emotional intelligence, assertiveness, values, problem solving and self-esteem feeds the future of Akumal.
SUMMER SCHOOL CAMP
We recognize how critical it is for children to continue to have access to education and physical fitness during the summer. It's even more necessary during Covid when schools have not physically been in session for more than a year now. Kaori and her team of teachers spent 4 weeks, mid-July through mid-August, with 70 children ensuring that they have access to a school curriculum during the summer. We ensure that the parents also engage in this process by requiring each to volunteer for a portion of one day of Summer School Camp.
During the winter holiday season the Biblioteca students are learning about different cultures as well as traditions that make Christmas meaningful in their Akumal home. Preparing for the Christmas Pageant teachers and students are making up and practicing dances, songs, creating props. Moms make costumes. The performance and posada that follows is an annual tradition. Santa Claus stops for a visit. Both fun and useful gifts are given. Games and activities are organized. Local restaurants donate food for kids and parents to enjoy.