Jorge Argueta at Raymond Education Campus
Many of the Raymond Education Campus students had personal experience with the hardships described in Jorge Argueta’s book Somos Como Las Nubes but drew hope from his poetic explanation of the title: “Clouds are free like our dreams and our imaginations. We have no limits.” The students enjoyed hearing about how Jorge’s abuela raised him to appreciate and respect nature. Not only did Jorge tell the students that we are all connected to each other and Mother Earth, he showed them that water is life: they will no doubt remember Jorge sprinkling them with water! Upon completion of Jorge’s visit with Raymond fifth graders, he made an additional, unplanned stop to meet with a seventh and eighth grade class comprised entirely of Spanish-speaking students newly arrived in the United States, offering them an inspirational message in addition to a recitation of his poetry.