The Mexican Consulate in San Francisco on Tuesday donated Spanish language schoolbooks to support the education of Spanish-speaking inmates in San Mateo County jails, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said.
“The Consulate coordinated with the Mexican school system to assemble textbooks covering elementary school subjects from 1st to 6th grade levels and include subjects on history, government, geography, natural sciences, mathematics, and Spanish (grammar and literature),” the Sheriff’s Office said. “The books are all new soft-bound textbooks with beautiful artwork on each cover. ”
To support inmates as they prepare for re-entry into the community, the Sheriff’s Office employs five in-custody case managers, three of whom are bilingual, and offers over 25 programs, including three Spanish-speaking only programs. Sheriff Carlos Bolanos expressed gratitude for the donation of schoolbooks, stating the Maple Street Correctional facility was “intentionally designed to offer incarcerated individuals an opportunity to enhance their life skills that many of us take for granted.”
Photo of donated books courtesy of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office