FLORENCE – “The Bear” shouts one child when asked by Francis Marion University Associate Professor of Spanish, Dr. Wendy Caldwell, to find !El oso! in the room. For doing so, the student was allowed to hold a teddy bear during Spanish/English Story Time held recently at the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library.
In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, nearly 50 children in grades kindergarten through fifth were read bilingual stories, participated in a sing-along in Spanish and were taught basic Spanish phrases and vocabulary by FMU Honors Spanish students Matt Dickinson, Frances Gootman and Jamie Rogers.
As part of a service-learning project in collaboration with Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library staff, the FMU students were given an opportunity to connect with their community in a meaningful way, Caldwell said.
“These students are to be commended for their great effort and enthusiasm throughout the project's evolution,” said Caldwell. “Research shows that service-learning greatly enhances student learning and fosters a sense of civic duty in the students. In this particular context, it also gives the students more confidence in their use of the target language and promotes the Spanish language and cultures in our community.”
The service learning project is a course requirement.
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