Sunday, December 10, 2006

Escondido students tell stories of family and traditions

These kids are writing a bilingual book telling about their families and their traditions. A terrific to get the parents involved in the schools, too. DP

By PAUL EAKINS - Staff Writer Farr Avenue Elementary School students have been learning about their family and traditions, and now they want to teach the community.

As part of a schoolwide assignment called the Family Oral Stories Project, students in several third- through fifth-grade classes interviewed their parents about a family tradition, then wrote an essay and made a poster about the tradition. The project is designed to involve parents in their children's education, to make children's education meaningful to their lives, and to reach out to the rest of Escondido in the process, said Candy Harrison, one of the teachers involved.

"Families are very key in kids' education," Harrison said Tuesday. "And this is a way that families, even though they don't speak English well, can contribute to their kids' education."

The students' projects will be shown at Farr Avenue Elementary, located at 933 Farr Ave. in central Escondido, from 6 to 8:30 tonight. Many students will dress in their traditional cultural clothing, and the school's Ballet Folklorico group will perform. The event is free event open to the public,
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