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Monday, December 20, 2010

Our latest events

Since our inception in 2002, L.E.E.R. has undergone many different phases of development as the needs of the community have changed, and as our leadership has changed.  I would like to tell you about our most recent initiative--Bilingual Story Time.  This is a program that has grown out of a class I teach called Spanish in the Community.  Columbia College students work in a mutually beneficial tutoring relationship with pre-K ESL students at Arden Elementary School reading stories together in English and Spanish.  Out of this class grew our annual celebration of Día de los niños, día de los libros, or DIA (Diversity in Action) as we called it, which is a celebration of children, culture and books.  And our bilingual story time grew out of this event.

What is it?  Traveling bilingual storytime in Spanish and English--volunteers will come to classrooms, after-school programs, pre-schools, or libraries and share a story and a fun craft or activity with your students.

How do I book a story time?  Check out our website and send us an email with your information, requesting a bilingual story time.  We will work with your schedule as we have volunteer availability.  Easy as that!

How do I become a volunteer?  Visit the volunteer page on our website and send us an email with your contact information.  You will receive an application and then schedule an orientation and training session.

West Columbia/Cayce Library

Craft time after the story

North Main Library

North Main Library

Cane Creek Community Center--Día de los Muertos

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We are currently working in partnership with the Columbia College Clubhouse. This is an after-school program working with students from Arden Elementary. We're focusing on the ESOL students who are learning English, as well as teaching Spanish to the other students, and helping them to discover the cultural richness each individual represents.
Trabajamos juntos con Columbia College Clubhouse. Es un programa pos-escolar que enseña estudiantes de Arden Elementary. Enfocamos en los estudiantes quienes aprenden ingles como segunda lengua, y enseñamos español a los otros estudiantes. Tratamos ayudarles a todos descubrir la riqueza de su propia cultura.