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Bossier Schools reaching out to Hispanic Youth

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Spanish and English classes aren't just taught for an hour a day at some schools in Bossier Parish. A few schools in the district are leading the way when it comes to ways to improving the education of Hispanics students, who make up a growing number of the population.

Bossier schools are creating new classroom strategies to engage Hispanic students.
Everything from enhancing teacher preparation and professional development.
To events  like the Spanish Idol, talent competition, that's focus on helping others to better understand the culture of song and dance in the Hispanic community.


"When I'm talking about culture, it's more like you're teaching them about Astronomy, Arts History, Geography and that's important to prepare your students for a 21st century," said Silvana Allen.

Statistics show Meadowview Elementary has one of largest populations of Hispanic students.
Principal Dr. Shelly Barrett, says the district has procedures in place  to identify students of any heritage who are (ELL)  English Language Learners, They also notify parents and offer support services.

"We have a large population of Hispanic families, and many of them, the students speak better English than the parents do so we've tried to do some outreach programs for the parents.  We actually started an English class for them," Dr. Barrett.

Obstacles like a language barrier, in some cases hinder students, but educators are doing their part to meet the needs of the Hispanic youth.


"The Hispanic population, when they come to Bossier and to this area, they want to learn English they want to participate in the classroom, and be part of what's going on," said  Aaron Viviano of  Meadowview Elementary School. 


And tonight Bossier students will hit the stage for the Spanish singing and dancing competition. 
Students from Airline, Benton, Cope and Parkway will compete at the Airline High auditorium.

 

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