Many elementary students attend summer school or summer camp. Through a grant from the City of Fairfax Schools, Daniels Run ES counselor Emily Baldwin spent two weeks of the summer of 2017 studying Spanish in Guatemala. Baldwin wanted to work towards building her Spanish conversational skills so she can better support her Spanish-speaking students and families that have limited English language.
Baldwin lived with a Guatemalan family and was immersed in the Guatemalan culture and Spanish language. Every weekday, Baldwin had five hours of one on one instruction with a teacher (pictured). She also lived with a family and ate all her meals with them, helping her practice what she learned in the morning.
“I left with better Spanish abilities, a deeper understanding of Guatemalan culture, and a greater respect for the challenges of living in a country when you do not speak the native language,” said Baldwin. “I am so thankful to the City of Fairfax Schools that I was able to do this, and am continuing my Spanish studies here in the United States.”