F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Club visits local elementary schools

Gavin Kuncl and Emilee Wagner

Fayetteville High School has a program geared towards English language learners. Fluency and Reading In Elementaries to Nurture and Develop Students, or F.R.I.E.N.D.S. club.

The goal of the club is to offer literacy support and opportunities for read-alouds to younger students with the intention of improving confidence in fluency and interpersonal skills for all parties involved. In addition to these goals, the club goes on field trips to local schools. Most recently, the club visited Holcomb Elementary to read aloud and talk to children.
“We’re going to be leaving for the 5th and 6th, going to Holcomb and reading to little kids and sharing hobbies and experiences.” freshman Jose Carrero said.

Katie Radewald, an English Second Language Critical Reading and English teacher involved with the program, gave an in-depth view of the program. “ESL program assists students of all language levels… teach newcomers English that they can use right off the bat, and transition to language that can help in context classes.”

While it may seem that the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. club is only for newcomers or people just getting familiar with the English language, that is not the case. “Higher level language learners work on closing the gap,” said Radewald.

In regards to courses, the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. club can “offer ESL in English, Critical Reading, Math, and Social Studies…” said Radewald.

In addition to providing a learning outlet, the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. club provides a way to experience different cultures and to integrate with different surroundings.

“You just get to feel everyone’s vibe. It’s cool to get to learn new cultures,” sophomore Anette Becerra said. “I feel like it advances students to be better English speakers and to communicate with their surroundings and overall to create friendship and a better future overall.”

Entry to the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. club is based on invitation. “For the friends, I got an invitation, thought it would be great for me to read and teach others.” sophomore Rosa Garcia said.




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