group of eight Trinity students went to Fieldcrest Elementary School for
Family Literacy Night January 18 to celebrate the school's improved reading
scores and promote reading among children and parents.
Education professor Trina
Vallone coordinated her Interim class to participate in the event at Fieldcrest,
located in nearby Oak Forest, Illinois. Her students teamed with pupils
and teachers in grades kindergarten through six for reading and crafts.
Fieldcrest's recent increase of Latino students led it to introduce a bilingual
program, and three of the Trinity students who attended speak Spanish and
had a lot of interaction with the (Spanish-speaking) parents, and they
appreciated our presence because they could understand what was happening,"
said senior Christina de la Torre. "They became more involved in the activities
as the evening progressed."
The other College students
who accompanied de la Torre included freshman Norman Liverpool IV, sophomores
Marisa Albarran and Glenn Gbakoyah, juniors Jarita Steward and Alain Galindo,
and seniors Sophia Van Till and Jessica Campins. Galindo served as a teacher's
aide at Fieldcrest for two weeks in January.
"It was powerful for young
kids to see college students who look like them," Vallone said. "It made
college seem more attainable for them. Their reading scores have gotten
better, and I'm glad we had an opportunity to encourage them to continue
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