HS Language Students Mentor Elementary Learners

Members of the World Language Honor Society from North Babylon High School
visited with students at Parliament Place Elementary School on Dec. 20 as part of the new
monthly guest reader program.
“The program gives the older students a chance to mentor the younger students and
also instills a love of reading and language with the elementary students at an early age,”
said Gaetano Vaccaro, director of English as a New Language and World Languages.
The high school students will serve as mentors for the elementary students in the
Spanish Dual Language program at Parliament Place Elementary School through the
monthly guest reader program. Mr. Vaccaro piloted the program last April and, due to
overwhelming positive feedback received from the students and teachers, decided to
implement a monthly program. The high school students expressed interest in
continuing the program, while the elementary students excitedly asked when the
readers would return, he said.
The high school students read different age-appropriate books to the various
classrooms in Spanish and engaged the elementary students in meaningful activities.