As a 21-year veteran teacher here in the Bronx, I’ve seen just about everything. To be honest, very few things move me anymore. But a few months ago I read a story in the New York Times about Luis Soriano, aka the Biblioburro Man. This story stuck in my brain. And then I saw the story again on CNN Heroes.
In rural Magdalena, Colombia, Luis Soriano, a teacher, will ride long distances on his two donkeys to share his passion for books, education, and literacy. He does this on his free time, after he finishes teaching. He targets children who live in remote villages. The villages are so remote there are no teachers.
I quote Soriano from the CNN article:
“For us teachers, it’s an educational triumph, and for the parents [it's] a great satisfaction when a child learns how to read. That’s how a community changes and the child becomes a good citizen and a useful person,” Soriano said. “Literature is how we connect them with the world.”
If you haven’t already, go read the article for yourself. It’s worth the two minutes of your time. I can only wish to muster up some of that passion in myself. After all, I’m just a middle school librarian.