The Sister Schools grant involves students from Boyd Elementary who are native Spanish speakers and students from Lowery Freshman Center who are native English speakers. The classes come together four times during the school year; the Boyd students (grades 2 – 6) ride a bus to Lowery to visit their 9th grade friends. The interaction includes dialogue (in Spanish), songs, cultural presentations, games, stories and sometimes food.
According to the teachers at both schools, this interaction “has undoubtedly impacted our students in a very positive way,” said Martina Thompson, Spanish II teacher at Lowery. “From leadership to friendships, to pride and validation of the children’s mother tongue and the language our students at Lowery are learning, these visits have resulted in so much more than we even hoped for!”
“The goal of the Sister Schools grant was to give the Lowery students a chance to practice their Spanish with younger students – assuming that the 9th graders would be more comfortable with the elementary Spanish speaking students, as if they were talking with a younger brother or sister,” said Regina Taylor, Foundation Director. “What we didn’t count on was how much the Lowery students would do for the Boyd students – giving the younger children a chance to show their strength in Spanish and an opportunity to talk about themselves, their families, and their interests. Mostly, they were just kids having fun together whether they were playing games, reading books, looking at maps, or just visiting. It all happens in Spanish and everyone has fun – they don’t even realize they are practicing Spanish vocabulary and sentence structure!”
Grant funding for the past two years totals $2,810 and provided for bus transportation and additional classroom resources.
Once again the Allen community has stepped up to
support its children by funding thousands of dollars in locally awarded scholarships for Allen High School seniors! The Foundation hosted a
reception on April 27 to honor 112 members of the AHS class of 2017 who are
receiving $119,750 in scholarships. The Foundation awarded $95,750 with an
additional $24,000 awarded by groups from the Allen community. The reception brought
scholarship donors together with the students who are benefiting from their
“These high school seniors are amazing,” said Pam Toups, Vice President of Programs for the Foundation. “Every year we are more impressed with them – not just their strong academics but their dedication to their school and community, along with their humor and creativity. And what a blessing that we have so many very generous and caring families, businesses and PTAs who want to award college scholarships. It is such a thrill to be a part of this success!”