By School News Network–Started by retired Straight Elementary Principal MaryAnn Prischenko and retired Ada Vista Principal Millie Mellgren, the partnership brings together students from the urban school, where the majority of students speak Spanish at home, with students from the suburban Spanish immersion school.
“It was a way to expose our students to new people, to help them learn to open up and speak to others,” said Bernice Wisnieski, a second-grade teacher at Sibley. “And for our Spanish speakers, it’s showing them how others honor their language — which has been very fun to see.”
Lisa Zuñiga, fourth-grade teacher at Ada Vista, said they hope their students “see that they can make connections with kids anywhere.”
“Children are children, whether they live in downtown Grand Rapids, in the suburbs or out in the country,” she said. “Being sister schools should be more than just trading material goods; the communities should come together to get to know each other.”
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