On Tuesday, visitors from Rochester’s sister city of El Sauce, Nicaragua, met with Middle and Upper School Spanish classes to raise awareness of the existing needs of Nicaraguan children. Marta Rojas and Ashley Sullivan, a Hilton native, both live in El Sauce, and they have dedicated their lives to making an impact on children of need in their community through the Ciudad Hermana (Sister City) Scholarship Project.
As part of their work, they visit American schools to speak with students about what life is like for a child in Nicaragua and how they can help. This was a great opportunity for AC students to learn about the current situation in Nicaragua, to compare cultural differences, and most importantly to utilize their Spanish in an authentic setting. Ciudad Hermana is currently seeking sponsors, and with your donation of $85 you will provide school supplies, shoes, uniform, and a backpack to one Nicaraguan primary school student. If you would like to support this cause, you can contact the organization on their Facebook page, El Sauce Roc.
This was a valuable extension of our Nicaragua program that was established 3 years ago when AC students traveled to El Sauce for a global engagement service project. We were able to send two groups of students on this trip, in 2015 and 2017, to build homes for families in need and to visit a local school and provide them with desks and school supplies. Regrettably, due to the political situation in Nicaragua, we had to cancel our 2018 trip. However, in May of 2019, AC will be sponsoring two global engagement trips: one to Mexico for social entrepreneurship and language immersion, and one to Costa Rica for science and research.
Katherine WesternKate comes to AC from Fairport High School where she taught for 11 years. She served as Fairport's Coordinator of the Academic and Cultural Explorations Program for two years and the Coordinator of the Irish Exchange Program for four years. Kate taught in Onondaga Central Schools and Rochester City Schools in addition to teaching Spanish to students aged 3-7 at the Webster Montessori School. Additionally, she served as the Academic Director of the American Language Institute at Nazareth College for four years and was also an English as a Second Language Instructor in that program for six years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Adolescent Education and a Master of Science in Inclusive Education from Nazareth College, as well as experience studying at the Instituto de Estudios Espanoles in Valencia, Spain.
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