The program is called Hispanohablantes, and it is encouraging Spanish language literacy among Hispanic students.
At the Dr Jovanne D Miller School, parents learned about the new program during family night. Spanish teachers Luz Nelly Kanka and Ivelisse Malcun spoke of the importance of reading in two languages, while outlining the goals of Hispanohablantes.
“The evening was a success and parents were very appreciative of the opportunity to receive this information in their native language,” Schreiner said. “The event concluded with families sharing a dish that they had brought that is typical of their country.
Especially successful was the high school course, which has been operating for a while now and last year was considered as a possible model for similar efforts.
“We believe that it’s vital to begin developing literacy skills in children at an early age so we wanted to begin the Hispanohablantes classes prior to middle school,” said Shreiner. . “We plan to develop children’s literacy skills more fully as the children progress through middle and high school. The better we are able to develop their literacy skills, the better our students will be able to succeed in college.”