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Moravian Students to Read for Roberto Clemente Charter School

Students to share creative stories of hope and inspiration to 6th graders

Bethlehem, Pa., April 16, 2009— Profesor Silvia Mandler’sSpanish 110 class will be reading today to young students at the Roberto Clemente Charter School in Allentown, Pa. The College students will sharetheir illustrated short stories when they visit the elementary school on Friday, April 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school, with a majority Latino student body, and it is located at 136 4th Street in Allentown, Pa.

The Moravian students created small salt dough puppets, gave them names, assigned Spanish nationalities, and wrote short stories about their puppets. “The short stories reinforce all the theoretical learning, and delivering them publicly creates a good practical experience,” said Professor Mandler.  “Since their stories were created and illustrated  to be read to younger students each of their stories includes a ethical ending that teaches something good to the sixth graders.”

Moravian College students benefit from reading to young students in a number of ways. “Our students find other meanings in the Spanish language, which reinforces what they are learning in the classroom, and increases their self confidence in practical situations,” Mandler noted. “And for the Spanish students at Roberto Clemente, this is opportunity to learn from  and model students at the college level that are studying Spanish and sharing their creative and inspiring stories.”

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at http://www.moravian.edu/.