Local school officials welcomed the Mexican government’s donation Thursday of 11,000 books written in Spanish to be used by teachers and students throughout Colorado and the region.
About 6,000 of the textbooks are headed to schools in the Denver area in an effort to support bilingual education. Another 5,000 will go to elementary schools in Nebraska and Wyoming. Largest donation
“The government of Mexico is proud to donate these textbooks,” Carlos Barros Horcasitas, consul general of Mexico to the United States, said in a news release. “We hope they will be used to the benefit not only of the Spanish monolingual students but of all students in general.”
The Mexican government is distributing more than 250,000 textbooks throughout the country – the largest donation of Spanish books to schoolchildren in the United States. ‘Permanent effort’
The Mexican Consulate, the Mexican Cultural Center and the Colorado Association for Bilingual Education have been working for almost a year to secure the textbooks, which were printed by the Mexican government.
“This is going to be a permanent effort,” said Marcela de la Mar, executive director of the Mexican Cultural Center. “We want to do this every year.”
The books will be well-received in Denver. In Denver Public Schools, there are more than 13,000 students who speak little or no English.
Several Hispanic organizations are in litigation with DPS, claiming the school district has failed to adequately teach students with limited English-speaking skills. The matter is currently being reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice.