Most of us may remember the story Madeline, regarding a young, curious girl who lived in a boarding house with 11 other little ladies. To the Quinchos, this book proved to be very significant, as it outlines many of the feelings they have experienced having lived apart from their families. As I read it aloud during our literature class, they listened attentively and had many connections to share.
Many of their insightful predictions proved to be true, and they easily picked out the author's message at the end of the story. "It is important to support each other," many of them concluded. It felt great to see them easily taking about books and enjoying class.
Ms. Jacobi, as many of my previous students would know her, came to join in the Quincho fun last Wednesday! Her first day on the job was animal rehabilitation day, in which I paid a local vet to come give vaccines, vitamins, and parasite medicines to the three dogs, four puppies, and two week old kitten - a wild experience to say the least!
Anna has been invaluable, bringing her amazing UC Berkeley social work training and utilizing her skill set to the fullest (including holding nervous animals down while receiving their shots--clearly a social work skill).