By Carol Britton Meyer
The School Committee recently approved proposals for two new Kids in Action programs -- a Pre-K Spanish immersion offering at Foster School and an elementary strings pilot at South School.
The strings pilot will feature an after-school program from January through May 2023, consisting of 45-minute beginner group lessons for about 10 third- and fourth-graders. Three time slots will be offered. Ultimately, the pilot is contingent on finding staff willing to serve as instructors.
Kids in Action Director Jackie Sansone and Director of Fine and Performing Arts Joann Bellis will collaborate in this pilot to determine the viability of extending it further next year.
The other new offering will feature a partial Spanish immersion program, with a literacy block focusing on English instruction. The remainder of the day will be in Spanish and include math, science, and social studies.
Immersion programs are beneficial for students’ cognitive growth and for their English and second language development as well as helping them gain cross-cultural understanding, research indicates.