Lizbeth Alfaro

Third Place

Prize Awarded:
Lyle Creek Elementary School
Conover, NC

Project Description:

Alfaro's project, "Partners in Print" helps Spanish-speaking kindergarten through second grade students learn English by providing bilingual reading and math activities for parents and children. Hispanic students and their parents attend monthly meetings at the school library to focus on reading strategies using bilingual teaching and learning tools. Parents are exposed to different strategies and techniques to help their children learn, and the students have the opportunity to check out bilingual books to take home with them. The "Partners in Print" project improves student learning in reading and math as students get extra opportunities to reinforce classroom content through hands-on activities. Along with providing parents a connection to their children's teachers, the program gives parents access to a support network of other Hispanic families who share the common goal of strengthening their children's education.