Author Loekie Morales (centre left) handing out books at Sister Magda School.
PHILIPSBURG–The latest brainchild of author Loekie Morales, Chella and the Weird Woman/Chella en het vreemde vrouwtje, was distributed last week to all primary schools in St. Maarten.
“It was a great pleasure to donate boxes of 27 books for comprehensive reading to the schools,” Beyond Kultura Foundation (BKF) President Morales said.
BKF project leader Ingrid Holaman visited every school, sometimes accompanied by sponsors. The schools that were scheduled to be visited last week Monday were privileged to be able to welcome the writer herself.
“The children at the schools had happy faces and enjoyed receiving the books. Some schools have shown me the other books they have received earlier. Most of the children still know the stories of Mina Marina, Bonte Boel and The Magic Wedding Cake, and some could even memorize Zonnesproetjes, which was distributed in 2005. This is a good sign,” Morales said.
During one of Holaman’s school visits, a pupil gave her a small guitar to hand over to the writer in gratitude for the books received by his school.
Schools can call Morales in January and February 2018 to give a full presentation of the Chella story. “This will be an interactive act of the story with the children. I am sure they will enjoy it, just like the children in Curaçao and Aruba did,” Morales stated.
BKF received some good news from the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten last week. The Central Bank has helped out financially to cover the rest of the cost of the books.
“BKF is really relieved with this gesture,” Morales said. “BKF hopes the children will fully enjoy this story, which teaches children to be obedient and to not go with strangers, anywhere.”