7th grade sponsors a child in Ecuador

The 7th grade class heard on the news of a terrible massive earthquake in Ecuador.  That is the country we are learning about together in class right now.  In an effort to help with the disaster relief effort in Ecuador, the 7th grade class and researched ways we might provide support or help the people affected by the disaster.  See Celia Alicia’s blog post and Guillermo Alejandro’s as well.  We read about ways we might help and voted as a class to sponsor a child in Ecuador using a website called World Vision.

Here he is below!

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8th Grade chat with Our Peruvian Connection Again

The 8th grade Spanish class participates in a program called World Wise Schools through the Peace Corps.  We were set up with a volunteer named Ryan in the beginning of the school year living in Perú.  We caught up with him today during class and learned that he’s had some changes in his life lately.  See our video below.  It was very enjoyable to reconnect and learn some more about an fellow American living away from home in a country we learn about here in class.

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6th grade microfinanced another loan!

This 2nd trimester the 6th grade class is studying El Salvador, a very small country in Central America.

Here is who we chose to lend our class money to today!  Her name is Ana Felipa.  Here story is below.  Click here if you’d like to add to our loan.

Click here if you’d like to read about all the different people we chose on KIVA.org to maybe lend our money to.  That link leads you to each student’s individual blog post.

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Currently, Ana does not have the ideal inventory to fulfill the needs of her customers. Thus, she needs another loan to purchase analgesics, stomach relief capsules, ointments, syrups, etc. in order to have enough merchandise to continue fulfilling current and future demand.

She is very satisfied with her recent experience of utilizing her last loan in her business, since this allowed her to have satisfied customers and increased income, allowing her to provide more support for her family.

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7th grade microfinance loan to Adriana in Costa Rica

After reading many of their classmates’ blog posts over the last two days, the 7th grade Spanish class voted today to lend our class money to Adriana.  She is pictured below and her story is below as well.  Click the link if you’d like to donate as well.

Here is a picture of our class poll.

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Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 1.23.19 PMAdriana is a young teacher who wants to finish her goal of repairing her home. The loan she is asking for will be used to purchase construction materials such as ceramics and paints in order to finish the necessary repairs to her home.

These are our recent loans from the past below!

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8th grade microfinance loan to Francisco in Bolivia-Kiva.org

The 8th graders and I lent our class money today to a man living in Boliva with Kiva.org.

His name is Francisco and here is his story.

Francisco is father of 5 children, all of them are going to school. He sells milk to a milk plant and he needs a loan to buy a cow for his business. He works hard and he hopes you can help him, because he is the only support of his family. Besides he is experienced in this business and he is healthy.

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8th graders use Skype again to chat with Ryan in Perú

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We are so fortunate to have this connection with Ryan!  Thank you Ryan for chatting with us today and thank you for your advice on who we might lend our class money to in Bolivia this time.

Please enjoy our video above from our Skype call today to Perú.

Here is Ryan’s blog that he shared with us to know more about him and his work for the Peace Corps.


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Connecting with Peace Corps volunteers in Nicaragua and Perú

One of my main goals as a World Language Teacher is to connect my students to the parts of the world that we are learning about.  Ideally we make a real connection with real people in each country we learn about.  That does not always occur just because we run out of time and it is difficult to make the connections, but the World Wise School Program through the Peace Corps has made these connections more accessible and even more meaningful to myself and hopefully my students.

Yesterday the 7th graders and I Skyped with Peace Corps volunteer David who just arrived in Nicaragua.  He is our correspondence match for the school year, which is prefect because Nicaragua is our country focus this trimester.  He was so great to connect with and my students did such a great job chatting with him in Spanish first and then English.  Here’s our video below.  We will chat with him again and hopefully talk to other teachers and students there to practice our Spanish

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The 8th graders have been connecting with Peace Corps volunteer Ryan in Perú.  They have done a good job as well chatting with him.  He has opened our eyes to the differences in life there in Perú and taught us much about celebrations there.  (In particular, the Day of the Dead celebration). We’ve Skyped with him two times now and I’ve posted videos to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

What a great experience!  I am so grateful to have these connections and maybe bring a little piece of the lives and cultures of others in my tiny classroom.



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Kiva 6th, 7th and 8th grade Service Learning

We microfinanced a three Kiva loans today in class. The 6th, 7th and 8th graders worked hard researching the person they thought was most deserving of our class money. Our class voted and the end results are below.

If you click on Antonio Roberto, Héctor José and Félix’s names below, you can read their stories and maybe ask your child why they chose him or who they wanted our money to be lent to instead.

To understand how Kiva works and why we use in in Spanish class both as a service learning project and cultural connection, here is a  two minute video that shows how it works.
We hope we made a small difference for Antonio Roberto (Guatemala), Héctor José (Nicaragua) and Félix (Perú).  Read their stories by clicking on their names.

“KIVA – Loans that change lives”

Food for thought…
“We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too.” – Helen Hayes

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3rd grade likes and dislikes

Here is our finished video!  We hope you like it!  Each 3rd grader chose one thing we really liked a lot to include in this video…our most favorite!  We hope you enjoy!

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