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Ola de Libros arrives in Morovis

Morovis Mayor Carmen Maldonado González, center, recently welcomed the staff of the Puerto Rico Teachers Association and its Ola de Libros program, which donates books and materials that contribute to the education of public school students.

By The Star Staff

Morovis Mayor Carmen Maldonado González recently welcomed the staff of the Puerto Rico Teachers Association (AMPR by its Spanish initials), accompanied by its president, Víctor Bonilla Sánchez, who devised the Ola de Libros (Wave of Books) concept, thereby strengthening the municipal government’s commitment to public education and the entire school community.

“In order to address the academic lag beyond the classroom, both entities are visiting various towns on the island with the so-called Wave of Books, which aims to donate books and materials that contribute to the scholastic education of the students of the public education system,” the mayor said in a written statement.

The event began late last week in schools in Guánica, Villalba, Orocovis and Morovis, and will continue in 2022 in other schools around the island.

“Various organizations such as First Book, the Transportation Institute, Seafarers International Union, [and maritime transportation service companies] Crowley and TOTE have joined the project, with the purpose of encouraging students to read and learn at home,” Bonilla Sánchez said.

Sybaris Morales Paniagua, interim general secretary of the AMPR Local Union, added that “more than 7,000 books will be distributed in STEM (science, technology, mathematics and engineering) disciplines, and Spanish and bilingual texts also help to improve our second language, English.”

“We thank the maritime industry, who have been in charge of transporting all the books and school supplies so that they reach the island,” she said.

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