The time of year has come for the annual Rayo de Sol Games to begin. Teams are formed at each school to compete in kickball, handball, and a variety of other fun and crazy games. We love to see the excitement of the children as they train to represent their schools. Teachers, students, and Rayo de Sol staff alike had a great time breaking out of the normal routine to get outside and have some fun. Steven Dávila, a fourth grader at Edmundo Castellón Elementary School, gave us his take on the games and Rayo de Sol’s involvement with his school.
Steven represented his school in handball and proved to be a excellent addition to the team. Although they didn’t win it all, he loved getting to play and compete against the other schools in his community. Even if this year didn’t result in a major victory, Steven and his classmates still have bragging rights from last year when their school achieved 1st place in the soccer tournament. Sports events like the Rayo de Sol Games are critical in encouraging healthy exercise, building teamwork skills, and making school a place where the students look forward to going.
In addition to the sports events, Steven has been deeply impacted by other ways Rayo de Sol partners with his school. He told us that since Rayo de Sol started working with Edmundo Castellón Elementary, “there is more happiness in our school, and more fathers and mothers are coming to the school to help out.” Parents help prepare and serve nutritious meals to the children, cultivate school gardens, and assist teachers with cleaning and other tasks. We have found that encouraging parental involvement in the schools we serve has a tremendous positive impact on educational outcomes for their children. It is a beautiful thing to see the way parents and teachers partner together for the good of the children in their community, and we are grateful to be able to serve a Edmundo Castellón Elementary School.