The following is a press release from the Westfield School District: In preparation for a visit to the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, the students in the Westfield Public School’s English Language Learners (ELL) summer program learned the parts of a plant and the many different plant sizes, colors and textures. The in-class lesson concluded with a fun art project in which the students created paper flowers and sang a song about nature.
The 10 participants in the federally funded 3-week summer program are entering first, second and third grade in Westfield in the fall and are from six different countries: Germany, Albania, Ukraine, China, Japan, and Mexico.
“The main focus of the camp is for the students to learn new vocabulary, build background knowledge, and most importantly, practice their English both academically and socially,” explained ELL teacher Marie Moran (second from right). ““Each day the lessons are designed to promote language learning through enrichment,” she added.
Accompanying the students and Ms. Moran each day is Amanda Santos (standing far right), who will be a senior at Westfield High School in the fall. A native of Brazil who went through the ELL program in Westfield, Amanda completed the program at the end of her sophomore year and has been committed to helping the younger students in the summer ever since.