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Guatemala Textbook Program

Schools in Guatemala, like other Central American schools, most often do not have books for their students. The students are taught by copying teacher supplied information from blackboards and rote memory. If there is a textbook in the school, it is only for the teacher.

The Rotary Clubs of Guatemala created the Guatemala School Textbook Program in 1997 to buy textbooks from Guatemalan publishers (which provides much needed jobs) in basic subjects such as math, science, and Spanish. The books are then delivered to selected          schools, where they are rented to the students for a small fee. The rental fees allow the schools to purchase new books every five years, so the project is self-sustaining. Every year, the Guatemalan Rotary Clubs invite sponsoring clubs from other countries to travel to Guatemala and deliver the books directly to the students and teachers.

Under the leadership of Club members Dana and Steve Wetzel, the Coeur d'Alene Rotary Club have become an annual donor as a partnership sponsor in the Textbook Program. The Wetzels and other Club members have journeyed to Guatemala each year to view the student's success.