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School Director's Testimony

Updated: Feb 20

Ma. De los Ángeles Rivas, director of the primary school Mariano Valenzuela

The installation of a dome at our school holds significant importance and brings numerous benefits. Primarily, it serves to regulate the temperature, creating a more conducive environment for students to excel in their sports activities and overall development. It also plays an important role in the proper handling of sports materials, preventing overheating issues that can impede effective learning.

Given the extreme climate conditions in our region, safeguarding the safety and well-being of our students is crucial. Instances of heat-related illnesses like heatstroke, fainting, and dehydration have been reported due to soaring temperatures. Conversely, during cold weather, frigid winds can disrupt outdoor activities, leading to respiratory problems and health complications.

Investing in robust school infrastructure is indispensable in our school and many others in the state, as it empowers children and adolescents to perform at their best and gain meaningful educational experiences.

I would also like to highlight that the positive impact of the dome extends beyond our students, teachers, and parents. In my role as the school's director, I have received requests from the nearby Research and Health Center from the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua (UACH) to utilize the space under the dome for various activities. Additionally, the Kinder Frida Kahlo, situated in the Paso del Norte neighborhood, just a few kilometers from our school, has also benefited from this facility. Given their lack of a shaded area, we lent it to them for events such as "matrogimnacia" (parent-child gymnastics) and graduation ceremonies.

I’ve been director of this school for over eight years, and I can see the positive impact that the dome has had not only on our students but to the whole community. We are very thankful to Together For Children for their support in making this dream come true.

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