A $30,000 grant is making it possible to have ELL students keep up with English during summer months, and reinforce math skills as well.
At Blasdell Elementary School in the Frontier School District, 21 children from 10 different countries are attending English as a second language (ESL) classes. Once they are off the bus and greeted by Principal Linda E. Dansa, they break into four groups to work on English and math.
“They really want to be here. They really want to learn English,” said teacher Kari Anderson.
It is well documented that children lose skills over the summer vacation, and non native English speakers are no different. They also lose their English language skills, especially if English is not spoken in their home.
“It will prevent that regression,” Dansa said. “They’re happy to be here, we’re happy to have them here.”