In the Spring of 2019 one of our very own HWS students, Daniel Juarez, finished a mural at Geneva North Street Elementary school that embraced the schools progressive new dual immersion program. The dual immersion program in Geneva is relatively new to the community but has made great headway in literacy and cultural development. It is an initiative that promotes both cultural competence and language enhancement. The mural Daniel created, in collaboration with North Street teacher Katherine Alvarez-Malave, is a way to commemorate this initiative and its 5 year implementation in the Geneva public schools. The programs are offered as either Spanish/English immersion or Mandarin/English immersion starting as early as kindergarten! This past Spring the first class of this program finished elementary school and now the program has extended to 6th grade in the Geneva middle schools! It is quite an accomplishment that deserved to be recognized.
Two weeks ago, Daniel came back to speak about his mural to one of the current 5th grade classes at North Street Elementary. Daniel spoke on the significance of the mural and the ways art, culture, and language not only unite but enhance a more inclusive community. Canieshia Phillips’, a current HWS student finishing her practicum at Geneva Elementary, is the lead teacher for the class that Daniel spoke to and her class was very engaged in the discussion as they went into the details of the mural.