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Centennial Staff bridges gap for Multilingual Learners

Centennial Elementary’s staff members, Lizeth Bedolla Salazar (Newcomer Assistant) and Jordan Sisson (4th Grade Teacher), started an after-school club as a result of talking with the parents of their Newcomer students!

We started this club after talking with the parents of our Newcomer students. They wanted to know if there were any additional opportunities for their children to practice English outside of the ELD class. After hearing this, it gave us the idea of the club. Lizeth pushes into each class to support these students every day, so we teamed up to create a club where these students could practice their English while playing fun games. Over the six weeks we introduced board games like Candy Land and Sorry. We did guided-drawing in English as well as playing a game of Telephone and Headbands. English directions were given and the students were encouraged to use strategies to ask for help or to advocate for what they need. This club was so much more than an hour of English, it was an hour of laughter, friendships, and positivity. Due to the great success it brought, we will be doing an additional 6 weeks in January.” - Jordan and Lizeth