ESL summer program continues to grow

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

The summer Hispanic ESL (English as a Second Language) Enrichment Program at Storm Lake United Methodist Church is growing by leaps and bounds, more than doubling from 13 students last summer to 27 students this year.

The three-week program concludes this week.

Designed as a language enrichment program, the ESL Enrichment Program helps students retain their English language skills through the summer months. The program has run every morning starting June 27 going through July 15 and starts each day with a hot breakfast.

The program is staffed by 14 volunteers. Teachers include Julie Pedersen, Jewell Dierwechter, Dee Lewis, Barb Stammer, Jose Fuentes, and Lisa Brown.

Students are transported to and from school each day by the following volunteer drivers: Caroline Kluver, Bob North, Glen Bell, Jim Reese, Terry Davenport, and Jewell Dierwechter.

Teysa Fymbo serves as the meal administrator, planning meals and bringing supplies. She is assisted with the cooking by Marie Fibelstad and Mae Berry. Luis Valle is the volunteer working with written translation and communication.

This year the church received a $2,000 grant from the United Methodist Church Iowa Annual Conference to help run the program. Each child who attends the program will receive a children's Bible as well as several books.

"This has exceeded all of our expectations," said Joan Rude, program director of the ESL Enrichment Program, a community outreach program of the Storm Lake United Methodist Church. There is no charge for the program and children of any denomination are welcome to attend.

While the program is in its final week, Rude said children are still welcome to attend. For further information, call Storm Lake United Methodist Church at 732-5458.

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