Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Viaje Club visits Costa Rica

Dual Immersion students practice Spanish-language skills


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Members of the Wood River Middle School Viaje Club prepare to take a plunge at La Fortuna waterfall in Costa Rica. Getting to the bottom of the falls required a descent and uphill climb of 500 steps. From left are chaperone Juan Salamanca and students Jesusita Aguayo Flores, Gisel Guzman Gutierrez, Anthonya Lizarraga, Jasnelly Mendoza and Oscar Gutierrez. Courtesy photo

Fourteen Wood River Middle School students, members of the Viaje Club, got to practice their Spanish-language skills last month in the Central American country of Costa Rica.

The Viaje Club consists of Dual Immersion Program students, who have been instructed since kindergarten in both Spanish and English.

The trip leader was Molly Michalec, Latino services coordinator for the Blaine County School District. Other chaperones were Hailey Elementary School Dual Immersion teacher Juan Salamanca and parent Katie Nasvik.

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Students who participated in the weeklong trip were Nate Nasvik, Seth Solissalamanca, Anthonya Lizarraga, Angelica Ortega, Oscar Ortiz Gutierrez, Eva Moya and Gisel Guzman Gutierrez. Also, Maria de Jesus Aguayo Flores, Avery Closser, Kimberly Herrera, Nate Thomas, Cassidy Miley, Lily McNeil and Jasnelly Mendoza.

The students held fundraisers throughout last school year to help pay for the trip.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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