The Mexican government will donate nearly 11,000 Spanish-language books to Colorado schools to help teachers and Spanish-speaking students. Colorado will get the largest share of books distributed by the office of Mexico’s Secretary of Public Education to Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming, said Carlos Barros of Mexico’s consul general’s office in Denver.
The Mexican government last year donated 4,000 books for elementary school children in the region. Marcela de la Mar, executive director of the Mexican Cultural Center, said the education ministry hopes to triple the number of books next year. Cultural center officials said they also want to make the literature available to libraries, churches and recreation centers. De la Mar said the cultural center will distribute 120 sets of books to teachers and instructors of the Colorado Association for Bilingual Education. Fifty different books are in each set. About 30 sets of books will be distributed to schools in Nebraska and Wyoming, de la Mar said. Nearly 16,000 students, who speak 75 languages, are in English acquisition programs in the district. Fifty neighborhood schools are involved in Spanish and English instruction. The books will be given out during a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion next week.