Civic Engagement in Spanish
in the USA
Reach beyond the city's northern border ... beyond Wofford
Keshia Boyd & Jasmine Davis
E.P. Todd Spanish Academy (2008)
Keshia and Jasmine headed up the effort to
start an after-school Spanish enrichment program at E.P.Todd
elementary school. Once a week in the spring of 2008, they taught
Spanish lessons to 15 kindergarten children on site at the elementary
school. Vocabulary lessons were tied into the state science
standards. Here's how Keshia descibed one lesson on animals:
"This was a fun week because we got to do animals and their
sounds. The students really enjoyed the book 'Oso polar' --they
would get excited and make the sounds before we turned the page,
and they had the right sound paired with the right animal. Making
the sounds and having the pictures is a great way to get them
to recall the animal ... you can almost see their brains at
work trying to come up with the answer!" Keshia and Jasmine
have agreed to team up again to lead the Academy in Fall 2008,
and they're looking to train others to take on the task when
they go abroad .
For more, check out the Wofford news
story about the FL Department projects at E.P.Todd.
Loren Hyatt (Spanish & Government, 2007) in costume with
children enrolled in Project Transformation in Dallas, TX
Civic Engagement in the USA: Semester in Washington; Two Summers
Transformation in Dallas, TX (2005 & 2006)
"I was able to do work in the Hispanic
community of Dallas while working for Project Transformation.
My second summer I worked at Casa Linda United Methodist Church,
where 95% of my children were Hispanic. I was able to be immersed
in the Hispanic community of Dallas and gets lots of Spanish
practice. Part of the PT program involves home visists each
week with the families of the program participants. During these
visits I was able to use the Spanish that I had learned at Wofford
to talk with many of the parents who didn't speak English. I
was also able to learn a great deal about the lives of those
who have recently immigrated to the US from Mexico.
I was inspired by a little girl named Destiny. The one thing
I will never forget was Destiny’s gift to me on the last
day of our program. I was saying goodbye, and Destiny wanted
my help with the drink machine. I walked with her to the machine
and helped her get a soda. Then she gave me another dollar.
I put it in and asked her again what she wanted to drink. She
looked up at me with her beautiful brown eyes and asked me what
I wanted. I told her it was sweet of her to offer, but she insisted
that she buy me a soda. This simple gesture coming from a five-year
old, who already did not have much, was touching. I picked a
soda out and knelt down to be eye-to-eye with her. She wrapped
her arms around me and said thank you. I said the same to her."
Wofford College "Project Transformation" Alums Loren
Hyatt (Class of '07) and Kristen Davis (Class of '09)
Civic Engagement in the USA: Independent Interim in Austin,
TX and One Summer with Project
Transformation in Dallas, TX (2007)
After doing an independent Interim project
looking at best practices in serving the Latino community in
Austin, Texas, Kristen served with Project Transformation in
the Dallas area. At one of the FL-sponsored Civic Engagement
talks, she shared lighthearted stories of "Crazy Hair Day"
with the children at Project Transformation. She also told us
of the crime and poverty-ridden neighborhoods in which the children
lived and shared with us their hopes for the future.
For more information on opportunities in Spartanburg and
other cities in the USA, speak with faculty member Dr. Barbas Rhoden.
She can help you plan a meaningful Interim, Spring Break, or Summer
Page created by Dr. Laura Barbas Rhoden
and Civic Engagement, Department of Foreign Language