On April 19th, Professor Marty Slayden (Department of Spanish and Portuguese) and her Spanish 101 class hosted a group of ELL (English Language Learners) students from Helen Keller Elementary. The kids met in Bemis Lounge and shared stories that the CC students had written in both English and Spanish. One of the students, Israel Ashiagbor, wrote a very moving story about some children whose father is deported, and yet through their own strength and resilience they end up receiving scholarships one day to Colorado College. He also wrote a song to go with the story and taught the song to everyone while he played it on the piano.
Afterwards, the kids were taken on a tour of campus and played soccer outside of Barnes. Then everyone went to Rastall for lunch, where the kids got to pile their plates with french fries, pizza and cookies!
Congratulations to Professor Slayden and her students for such a creative and engaging opportunity to incorporate our local youth. Thanks for letting us share in the adventure!