Educator’s efforts bring happiness

Rosa Yabur Holguin (pictured) is combining her teaching talents and her Instagram following to brighten up the holidays for dozens of children in Dallas. Holguin has been a Dallas ISD educator for the last four years and is currently teaching at a Dallas ISD Pre-K Partner Site called For Keep’s Sake Learning Center. “Ms. Holguin is an amazing human being,” said Maria Molinares, principal of Dallas ISD Pre-K Partnerships.

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“She started planning for Christmas since the pandemic started and was determined to make this holiday season special for many students in Dallas.” Less than two years ago, she opened the Instagram account @entreletras_y_colores (“between letters and colors” in Spanish) to share her ideas with other educators and parents around the world. Since then, she’s been posting pictures of the art projects that her students work on, and her account has more than 10,600 followers. Since August, Holguin has used her social media influence to promote her own virtual private lessons, where she collects funds to buy toys that she’ll donate to children in Dallas. “I believe that the simple fact that a kid gets a present that she or he wasn’t expecting is going to warm their hearts,” Holguin said. “Just them thinking about ‘Santa thought of me!’ or ‘someone thought of me’ will make them happy, and that’s the purpose of this project.” — From Dallas ISD Staff Reports