Approximately 12 parents of Newton-Conover ESL students have been attending English classes free of charge at North Newton Elementary this school year. Although we began this program last school year with a teacher from CVCC, the classes have been taught since Oct. 14, 2013 by Jamesia Brown, an ESL teacher at North Newton.
Last semester the parents convened once a week, but their desire to learn English more quickly was evident when they asked if the classes could take place twice a week instead. This semester, classes have been carried out on Mondays and Thursdays. During this after school class time, their children are assisted with homework, given a snack, provided with some playtime, and then either a craft or movie is shared with them. The only way that many of the parents are able to attend the classes is the availability of childcare, which is also offered free of charge.
The ESL teachers have generously donated their time to making this program a success for our families because they know that if the parents can communicate more fluently in English, they will be in a better position to facilitate the future success of their children. We could still use some volunteers to cover the remaining Mondays and Thursdays through March 13, so please contact Revae Bostwick at828-464-1973 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign yourself up or even a high school volunteer.