East End students hurdle language barriers


At a school board meeting, three East End Elementary fifth-graders were recognized for being “determined not to let the language barrier hold them back.” From left are fifth-grade teacher Andrew Lefevre, students Ichika Ebisawa, Antony Puz Siquinajay and Hina Maruyama, and Principal Jen Martin. Lefevre said he understands some of the challenges of being a student trying to do well where the language used is not your first language — he was a Rotary exchange student in Brazil.

At a school board meeting, three East End Elementary fifth-graders were recognized for being “determined not to let the language barrier hold them back.” From left are fifth-grade teacher Andrew Lefevre, students Ichika Ebisawa, Antony Puz Siquinajay and Hina Maruyama, and Principal Jen Martin. Lefevre said he understands some of the challenges of being a student trying to do well where the language used is not your first language — he was a Rotary exchange student in Brazil.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

At a school board meeting, three East End Elementary fifth-graders were recognized for being “determined not to let the language barrier hold them back.” From left are fifth-grade teacher Andrew Lefevre, students Ichika Ebisawa, Antony Puz Siquinajay and Hina Maruyama, and Principal Jen Martin. Lefevre said he understands some of the challenges of being a student trying to do well where the language used is not your first language — he was a Rotary exchange student in Brazil.

At a school board meeting, three East End Elementary fifth-graders were recognized for being “determined not to let the language barrier hold them back.” From left are fifth-grade teacher Andrew Lefevre, students Ichika Ebisawa, Antony Puz Siquinajay and Hina Maruyama, and Principal Jen Martin. Lefevre said he understands some of the challenges of being a student trying to do well where the language used is not your first language — he was a Rotary exchange student in Brazil.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2020/02/web1_2nd_language.jpgAt a school board meeting, three East End Elementary fifth-graders were recognized for being “determined not to let the language barrier hold them back.” From left are fifth-grade teacher Andrew Lefevre, students Ichika Ebisawa, Antony Puz Siquinajay and Hina Maruyama, and Principal Jen Martin. Lefevre said he understands some of the challenges of being a student trying to do well where the language used is not your first language — he was a Rotary exchange student in Brazil. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal