DLI students demonstrate cultural competencies with (adorable) presentation
Dressed in red Jarabe Tapatio, or Mexican Hat Dance, costumes and traditional formal or western wear, dozens of young students took to the stage last night to recite poems, perform a skit, dance, and sing—in both Spanish and English—before a boisterous crowd at the Campbell County High School Auditorium.
The second-annual Rawhide and Stocktrail Elementary Schools Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Cultural Presentation is an evening of performing arts programs in various forms, but it is also an opportunity for families and friends to come together, share some grub, and engage with other DLI parents, teachers, and students, as well as learn more about other languages and cultures.
Rawhide and Stocktrail principles Bertine Bahige and Dr. Keri Shannon led the presentation, noting their respective students’ hard work in areas ranging from static art to second-language skills and increased cultural competencies.
“Our kids are learning positive attitudes towards other cultures and an increased appreciation of others,” Dr. Shannon said.
The kids, excited to be center stage, showcased both Spanish and English skills and competencies, singing “Hola, Como Estas?” and “Soy Una Taza,” among other songs. They also played Peruvian flutes and acted out scenes as llamas, animals that have been culturally relevant to Peru for over 5,000 years.
Following the presentation, volunteers served up traditional Hispanic foods, including Mexican pan dulce and horchata, and El Salvadorian pupusas (yum!).
“This is one of the pieces we’ve always wanted to include,” Dr. Shannon said of the cultural presentation and social.
The Campbell County School District (CCSD) launched its first DLI program at Stocktrail Elementary during the 2016-17 school year. The program, which has since expanded to Rawhide, now serves approximately 325 students in grades kindergarten through third.
Parents of incoming kindergarteners, who may be interested in enrolling their child in the program, can attend an informational meeting (conducted in English) from 6 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Lakeway Learning Center Aspen Room, 525 W. Lakeway Road.
Parents can also visit the district website and complete a DLI Interest Form to have their child entered into the district’s random lottery for placement in the DLI kindergarten program.
Admission is automatically granted to the siblings of current DLI students, but the remaining slots are determined by the lottery.
Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 15, 2020, to be eligible to be admitted.
The district anticipates that more than 75 families will be interested in joining next years’ 2019-20 DLI kindergarten classes.