The Geotrac Foundation, has awarded $40,000 to Norwalk Catholic Elementary School to initiate a Spanish language program for students in grades one to seven. The monies provided by the Geotrac Foundation will be used to purchase books and supplementals and to employ a full-time Spanish teacher at the elementary level. Plans are to begin a comprehensive study of the Spanish language and the Hispanic culture in the elementary grades. This program would complement what is already in place for St. Paul High students.
"We have recognized the need to implement Spanish at our Elementary level for several years," Elementary principal Valerie French said. "Our community is much more global now than it was 10 years ago and our students need to be prepared to communicate with a greater society. We are very happy to be able to offer this for our students beginning next year. We are extremely grateful to the Geotrac Foundation for making this possible for Norwalk Catholic School Elementary students."
Providing Spanish as a foreign language in the elementary grades will encourage respect for diversity and promote understanding of the Hispanic culture while teaching students the Spanish language at an age when language instruction is most effective.
Brad Mason, chairman of the Geotrac Foundation said, "This project fits perfectly with the objective of the Geotrac foundation which is to show Christ's love to the people of Norwalk by helping to integrate Norwalk with our globalizing society, culturally, educationally, and economically. We applaud Norwalk Catholic School for their forethought and attention to this need."