"BUÑUELOS AND BOOKS" Kick off at BQJ

"BUÑUELOS AND BOOKS" Kick off at BQJ
Posted on 10/07/2015
"BUÑUELOS AND BOOKS" Kick off at BQJ

On October 1, Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary School kicked off their Latino Family Literacy Project, "BUÑUELOS AND BOOKS".

On September 15, the White House announced that The Latino Family Literacy Project is one of the Bright Spots in Excellence for Hispanic Education. It offers a culturally relevant and bilingual approach for parents to become involved with English- development, home family reading routines and college awareness.

Latino Family Literacy Project was designed to help both parents and their children learn English and Spanish vocabulary, grammar, verbs and conversation by reading books that the entire family can enjoy. This method enabled parents to see how the languages were similar and different.

According to The Latino Family Literacy Project, the program “teaches parents the skills they need to share literature and to be involved in the school-going process with their children”.

This is the third year that this program has been available for Nacogdoches ISD parents and their families. The program meets throughout the academic school year.

Families signed up to participate in this program with their children. There were lots of new faces and some returning families from last year. Parents bring homemade cultural food for members to enjoy as the hosting Principals introduce themselves and the agenda for the day.

Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary School Principal, Thomas Miller had BQJ Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Mirna Flores, to help translate his welcoming speech for members to understand.

“We need you. We want your support,” said Miller. “We want the children prepared to be fluent in English by the 3rd grade in order to pass the STAAR tests.”

Nacogdoches ISD Bilingual/ ESL Director, Kevan Webb, attended the meeting and introduced himself in fluent Spanish and expressed the importance of education for the students and their families.

At the conclusion of the meeting families received books to take home. Everyone left happy and ready to start the year!