“Take advantage of the opportunities this country gives you.”
In a shining example of the parent, community, and school partnerships heralded in the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017, Dorcas Alers—a Nicaraguan-born Colchester community member and parent of a CHS student—recently addressed Spanish students at Colchester High School.
“Ms. Alers arrived with photographs, videos, stories, and bags full of precious items to share with the students,” CHS Spanish teacher Carrie Robinson said.
Ms. Alers described the abysmal conditions of her Nicaraguan school—carrying her own chair from home and borrowing books from a friend from which to learn—and she shared her original report cards and diplomas, reminding the group to appreciate the hard work that loved ones have done for our sake. “Take advantage of the opportunities this country gives you,” she said.
Depending upon their readiness, students asked questions in Spanish and English. When asked why she came to the United States, Ms. Alers replied, “Por hambre” (because of hunger). Along with describing her journey to this country and her path to citizenship, she shared artwork, hand-embroidered clothing, and videos depicting traditional dance, and she explained the symbolism of the Nicaraguan flag—blue for the importance of water, a volcano in the center, and a drop of blood for martyrs.
“In the short time Dorcas spent with us, she taught us how warm a person can be, and we thank her for that,” Ms. Robinson said.
If you would like more information, please e-mail Carrie Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (802) 264-5700.
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