This month, we shine light on the efforts of Håfa Adai Pledge member, The University of Guam (UOG) Press. The UOG Press, in partnership with Håfa Adai Printing, celebrated this past holiday season in a very special way with a donation of 8,000 books total to school children around the island. Students from the Chief Hurao Academy and the first CHamoru immersion pilot kindergarten program at P.C. Elementary School were among those who received the donated books published by Taiguini Books.
The UOG Press joined the Håfa Adai Pledge back in August 2019 pledging to "continue to promote literacy and CHamoru culture in our community" and "raise awareness of our unique history, environment, peoples, cultures, and languages with our books and events." We commend UOG Press for upholding their pledges and encourage other Håfa Adai Pledge members to mirror their example throughout this new year.
The books that were donated include:
“Si Pedro yan i Hilét Oru na Ko’ko’ (Pedro and the Golden Ko’ko’)” by Lance Osborn
“Ma Guaiya Yu’, si Nåna yan si Tåta (Grandma and Grandpa Love Me)” by Simone and Dana Bollinger
“Guaiyayon na Trongkon Mansanita (The Loveable Mansanita Tree)” by Dolores Camacho
“I Malingu na Påtgon (The Lost Child)” by Rufina Mendiola
The books are part of an effort of UOG’s SNAP-Ed to encourage healthy living curriculum in schools by providing educational materials that enable conversations around culturally relevant food-related traditions, experiences, role-modeling, and family relationships. Si yu'os ma'åse' to UOG Press for actively aiding in our common goal to make Guam a better place to live, work, and visit!